I found this picture/ quote on Pinterest today, which had previously been pinned by a friend of mine. I think the message it’s conveying is very poignant. “Every person you meet, every single one, is looking for their story. There are no exceptions. You become part of it by how you treat them.” I think this is so important, because we encounter countless people on a day to day basis. We have the power to alter someone’s life, either with a kind word or gesture, or with a negative one. It’s all in the way we perceive a situation and the way we react to it. In what way does it hurt you to be kind to the cashier at the grocery store or stop and help someone less fortunate than you on the street? Those kind words might not mean much to you, but they might mean a lot to the other person. You might never know how your actions truly effect others, but think of all the people who have been influential, even minutely, in your life. When you’re having a bad day, the smallest thing can turn your day around, especially the kindness of strangers. Keep this in mind as you go on your way. Try not to hold grudges. That’s just space being unnecessarily occupied by people that don’t belong in your head or heart. Be resolved with the fact that they were once important and helped shape your story, but no longer have a voice in your life. Let it go. Forgive, and let it be.