You can learn a lot from watching people.
On Sunday I went to breakfast with my mom, dad, and sister after church. We went to Perkins and I had pancakes, eggs, and Canadian bacon (apparently it’s better for you). As we were being escorted to the table by our waitress, I was looking around at the people that we passed.
Old people. Young people. Guys. Girls. Parents. Children. All with different stories, from different backgrounds with different senses of humor and various fears, regrets, hopes, and dreams.
Sometimes I get so focused on my job and my hopes and dreams that I forget there are people who don’t even know my name. And their hopes, dreams, and goals are just as important as mine. They have conversations around the dinner table with their families the same way I do. They laugh at movies that are funny and read books that keep them up at night because they are simply that amazing. The only thing that separates us is the fact that we don’t know each other.
When I think about the fact there are literally billions more people on this planet that don’t me compared to those who do, I feel really small. And it’s great.
It makes me care about the people I know more. I remember that it’s amazing to have just one person deeply care about you and I realize that my little corner of the world is just that… a little corner. And what I do with my time and my energy will effect people that have their own little corner of the world and so on and so on.
So in a time when it’s all about “going big.” Try something different.
And make a big difference, in a small space and watch the impact you can have. And watch how that will change you for the better.