It's a motto that has stuck with me and I've followed. I'm the shopper that straightens up the rack of clothing as I shop. The person that cleans up the trash someone else left behind, put a cart away that I find in the parking lot; the person who sees the dog poo ... okay, let's be honest, I ignore the dog poo. Seriously, clean up your own dog's poop.
After someone left my office who was severely struggling with the hardships of life, I sat down heavily behind my desk. My first thought was -- why do we concentrate so much on things and places and not enough on people. Why isn't the Girl Scout motto or life's motto, "Leave someone better than you found them."
Wouldn't life shine brighter if daily we looked at each individual and thought, "I'm going to leave this person better than I found them today." I think we'd smile more. We'd open doors as other's carried heavy loads. We'd offer more encouraging words. We'd most likely be more forgiving.
Don't forget the people we are around daily, the kids, the spouse, parents, and other family members. Sometimes we find them the hardest to love, because we expect so much more from them. Let's expect more from ourselves. Let's start leaving people. Let's leave them better than we found them.
In the end, I believe we'd be much happier. And, I'd bet we would be much more pleasant to be around. We have this life to live. Live it with love.
~ Susan Lopez, The Life Tailor, www.TheLifeTailor.com