For those of you who haven’t seen the movie Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks, give yourself an amazing treat and run—don’t walk—to see perhaps the best movie of the year.
I don’t usually recommend movies because I know that everyone has their favorite genre, but this movie is not only thrilling, but also exemplifies the power of change that one person can achieve in the face of incredible resistance.
After watching the movie, I began to wonder how much better the world might be if each of us tried to help one person each day. The act doesn’t have to be big but, to the recipient of your kindness, that act might be monumental, just the nudge they needed to decide that they too can be a better person. Call it a random act of kindness, taking a personal stand on an important issue, or secretly encouraging a young protégé.
Sadly, this month has been traumatic with the bombings in Paris where a few people affected a great deal of change by killing and injuring hundreds of people. If those few terrorists can change the world, imagine what each of us can accomplish on a daily basis. I don’t care if my actions become newsworthy or not as long as each day I can:
- make a person laugh
- encourage someone to follow their dream
- help a person make a better decision
- provide an empathetic ear
- get a little person to smile back at me
If we all become proficient at improving the minutes, hours and days of those around us, perhaps terrorists acts will be diminished because we will have helped others live happier, more fulfilling lives.
Each of us has the capacity to provide love and encouragement to those around us and, because life is sometimes short and unpredictable, shouldn’t we start today?