Are You Affecting Anyone?

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The simplest way to affect someone is through love. When we show love, we affect someone’s life. If you’re like me you want to help, you want to make someone’s day better.

But how? Life is busy. We barely get through the day.

Thankfully, showing love doesn’t need to be complicated.

One Minute Of Effort = A Positive Affect

If a toddler drops a shoe, sock, pacifier, or treasured toy in the store and their busy mom or dad doesn’t notice, pick it up and give it back to them. Their mom or dad will be grateful and the toddler will be ecstatic to have their treasure returned.

If an elderly woman is trying to push a very heavy cart offer to push it to her car. If she’s attempting to lift a heavy bucket of cat litter offer to do it for her.

If someone short (this would be me) can’t reach something on the top shelf at the grocery store then get it down for them.

Improve someone else’s day by affecting a small part of it. By giving a little of your heart.

A Little Extra Effort

Not long after we adopted Molly it snowed. Because we’d only had cats for many years, we weren’t prepared for the trouble that a few inches of snow would cause. In ten minutes, her Papa became her hero.

The trails Papa dug for Molly.
The trails Papa dug for Molly. Copyright 2016 Jillian Pearl

Molly’s Hero

I’m just a little girl. The world is a very big place. When the first snow storm left six inches of snow behind I was sad because it meant that I couldn’t run and play outside. The snow touched my tummy! Moving through it was hard, but the biggest challenge was going potty. After my first trip out I considered crossing my legs until the snow melted! Not the best plan, I admit, but desperate times call for desperate measures!

I stood on the table and watched out the front window while Papa shoveled snow from the driveway. He pushed that snow around like it was nothing. Then he disappeared. I thought he would come inside, but he didn’t. Finally, I heard the door rattle. He poked his head in and called for me to come see what he had done. I flew through the living room, slid around the corner into the kitchen and out to the garage. He smiled and led me out back. “What do you think? I made trails for you!”

My eyes bugged out, my tail straightened, my feet danced, and I heard heavenly music! It was glorious! I felt the urge to try them out–I pranced, bounced, sprinted and frolicked on my trails. I could reach the trunks of my trees and look for squirrels. I stuck my nose in the snow and sniffed hard, it came out as more of a snort! Don’t tell anyone! The trails made me so happy.

My wonderful Papa showed how much he loved me by shoveling trails for me to play on. You’re the best Papa ever! I am so grateful you made the snow fun for me. Thank you oodles and oodles. Oh, and the pull-out area for going potty is awesome! — Molly

Look For Ways To Help

Keep your eyes open and each day you’ll find a chance to show love in a tangible way. Grab it! Do it! Not only will you make someone’s day better, you’ll feel happier too. Let’s love and inspire each other. Share in the comments how you’ve had a positive affect on someone or how someone improved your day.

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Author: Jillian Pearl

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As an adult, I moved to Denver, Colorado and continue to live there with my family. Over the years, I've had a variety of jobs, including lifeguard, OTR truck driver, and mechanical drafter. Currently, I am a caregiver for my mom, a blogger, and a contemporary romance author.

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