With everything so fast-paced and instantaneous, we have lost the art of simple reminders; reminders that can and do truly touch your heart. Now, more than ever, we need to remind the ones we love what matters. Whether that be a simple “thank you for everything you do for me” or offering to help a neighbor take care of their home while they are away, touching someone’s heart doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Rather, it just needs to be sincere and meaningful.
Ask yourself this question: Who is in need of a reminder that they are appreciated, that people care about them and their well being?
That is what it truly means to touch a heart. All it takes is for someone, anyone, to remember and appreciate those in their lives. Nobody wants to live with unnecessary regret or questions about if their life has made an impact on others. The time we have to live is both fleeting and precious, so why not use our time to make others feel loved? Showing others we care doesn’t cost anything but a small bit of our time.
What does matter is whether or not you make the effort to touch someone’s heart. Action truly makes the effort you put into anything you do in your life worthwhile. And, if you put that effort into a selfless action like touching someone’s heart, the impact, that help, could have a profound impact on both the giver and the receiver of the generous act of pure, selfless kindness. In my opinion, the act of touching someone’s heart out of kindness and simply restoring their faith in humanity is not only necessary, but also very overdue.
You can touch a heart any day of the week, and it should be on everyone’s to-do list at least once a day.
I personally still believe that all hope in humanity is not lost after all. For example, leaving a small note of encouragement in your neighbor’s mailbox or paying for someone else’s meal is a simple way to touch a heart. I think what touching another heart boils down to is whether or not people are willing to make the choice to get out of their busy lives and make a decent, heartfelt effort at reaching out to someone else. Touching someone’s heart reminds us that we are all valuable presences in life.
For example, when I was a senior in high school, I had a study hall in the café every morning. One morning, I looked over and saw a young girl crying. She was clearly very upset. I talked to her for a bit, then I suggested we go see her counselor and I went down and waited with her until her counselor came. The next day, I saw her, and she smiled at me and said: “Thank you.” It’s the little acts of kindness that make the greatest impact.
If we take a moment to simply touch someone’s heart, just imagine the enormous ripple effect it can have!
Maybe even organize your own 12 days of kindness in your neighborhood, and see what good can come from it? Push the pause button on the hectic business of your everyday life long enough to remember that there is someone in your life who could use a heartfelt reminder that you appreciate and think about them, that they matter and people care. The simplest acts do hold the greatest impact. They can leave a lasting, beautiful memory for the person to hold onto for years to come. A smile on the heart is just as beautiful and precious as a smile on someone’s face. So, the only question you have to ask yourself is this: What is keeping you from touching someone’s heart today and changing their life (and yours) forever?