In a recent Contributor vendor meeting, the staff asked us to share our opinions. Now, I myself have many of those, most of which I dare not even mention in today’s society. But I do have one which I feel anyone reading this article will both appreciate and agree with.
I have to assume that you, the reader, are either Contributor staff, a vendor, or that you purchased a paper. Therefore, as the purchaser of a paper, you had to both acknowledge and speak to a vendor and hopefully in a kindly manner. Now each vendor has their own style and way of selling papers. My intersection happens to be traffic that has exited the interstate and I have two complete lanes of vehicles. And I make it a game to try to smile and wave at every vehicle that comes through my light in both lanes. And if I had to guess, I would say that only between 10 and 15 percent of people acknowledge me and wave back. And having sold papers for a couple of years now, I truly value the people that offer me that.
I truly believe that no matter where a person is in life, we should all treat each other kindly and respectfully. And some days, those smiles mean more to me than actually selling a paper. My circumstances are and should be irrelevant when it comes to this. However, collectively, human beings have a tendency to make them a factor. And I cannot stand when a person turns their nose up at me or stares anywhere but my direction to avoid me. When I’m having a bad day, that smile can make all the difference. And it’s such an easy thing to offer. Plus, it’s FREE!!! So what do you have to lose?!
So I ask you all to remember that no matter who the person is or what they have going on, they are all still equally people and take the time to give someone’s day an uplifting gesture. And if you know anyone that passes by a vendor, mention this to them too. Because change only happens with action. And I hope to be a positive imprint on the world every day. Imagine what an awesome place it would be if everyone did just that!
God tells us directly to do unto others. So even if you don’t have a dollar to give, give the gift of love and kindness. Maybe, in turn, whoever you give it to will pay it forward. And I believe that in doing just that, my life, both here on Earth and in the afterlife, will be rewarded. And it’s so cheap, how could I not invest?! And in writing this, if I may change one person’s perspective, then I have succeeded!
Like I said in the beginning of this article, most opinions I keep to myself. But I feel that this one is worth sharing and stressing. And if you have a rebuttal to this then I’ll smile and wave twice as hard as you! Because all the dollars in the world couldn’t buy the warmth a kind hello gives my heart.
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