Have you ever wondered sometimes
if the things you do
can actually make an impact in someone’s life?
Sit back and let me tell you my story
and if all goes well,
you will have a sense
that sometimes the things we do
can be worth the wait.
Every day I try to walk the boardwalk
near my home.
I have passed the same woman
over the course of the last few months
and who I like to call crabby Abby
(only because of the grumpy looking scowl on her face)
and who seems completely lost in her thoughts
with her eyes looking no further
than the path directly in front of her feet.
Anyone who knows me
is well aware that I rarely ever pass someone
without at least a smile or a nod
and almost every time
saying “good morning”
(even with my mp3 blaring in my ears)
There aren’t many who just pass by
without somewhat of a response,
however this particular woman
never even gives me a glance or a reaction.
I can’t say that it doesn’t bother me,
and I’d be lying if sometimes I’d love
to jump directly in front of her
and make her at least look me in the eye
(which would more than likely just get me arrested)
but if there is anything I have learned
is that everyone has their own battles they are dealing with,
or life events that have them completely detached from the rest of the world.
If that isn’t the case,
another important thing is some people
just like to be left alone.
I get that.
The crazy part is that even though I know
it’s the exact same outcome
day in and day out,
and my attempts to shine light is probably for nothing,
I still make the effort.
today my perseverance paid off!
As we approached each other,
I did my thing and as I looked her way,
she raised her head,
made a very small attempt at lifting the corners of her mouth upward
(which I think was a smile)
and in a soft and shaky voice said,
“Morning” and carried on without skipping a beat.
I will admit that my first reaction
was to stop dead in my tracks
“It’s about friggin time lady!”
but I realized that this was something
completely out of her comfort zone
and if she was someone who was just very shy,
how courageous it was for her
to even make that little attempt.
For whatever reasons,
I gained her trust in some little way
and managed to get to her
even if she never intended it to be.
So I just kept my pace,
and in no way making a big deal of it
continued past her like it was business as usual.
(of course my inner voice was screaming “YES” with a fist pump attached)
With a smile on my face,
I couldn’t help thinking,
“that was just too freaking cool!”
Before I knew it,
our morning encounter was here and gone.
Now I can’t say that tomorrow
or the days to come will even compare
to what happened today.
There is a very good chance that
we may go back to our same little routine,
but I’ll tell you this.
I know in my heart
that every time she passes me from here on in,
whether she responds or not,
justifies every single good morning
I have ever said
and reminds me that nothing I do
is ever a waste of my time.
So if you find yourself wondering about the things you do,
that may look impossible or seem so out of reach,
or just the fact that it isn’t even worth the time or effort,
keep this one locked in the back or your mind.
If you play your cards right,
that day will come.
Make it a great day everybody!