This week, I will notice people.
Not the people who are loud and rude. Not the ones who shout demands. Not the wheels that squeak.
I will not notice them.
This week, I will notice the unnoticed ones.
I will not pass them briskly, blinded by my distractions. I will notice them. I will peek over the walls that separate us. I will look past the boundaries of our skin. I will gaze into their hearts this time. I will listen earnestly to hear the words that they aren’t saying.
I will see the tears that are not being shed.
I will feel the pain that’s hidden deep within.
I will recognize the anger that is heartache in disguise.
I will sense the grief concealed beneath a smile.
I will perceive the hopelessness in eyes that won’t meet mine.
I will spot the fear that no one else detects.
I will notice.
I will meet the shame, and I will shake its hand. I will see the sadness and the exhaustion and the despair. I will greet the desperation, and I will be the one who does not turn away. I will not pretend that I don’t see.
I will notice.
And I will offer hope.
I will flash a smile that is sincere.
I will encourage with a story or a hug.
I will model bravery even when I am afraid.
I will buy the coffee that brightens someone’s day.
I will say hello and how are you to the ones that no one sees.
I will sacrifice my own conveniences.
I will surrender the closer parking space.
I will hold the door.
I will really listen.
I will allow the gratitude that is in my heart to overflow.
I will prove my interest by connecting with my eyes.
I will show compassion.
I will ask questions because I care about the answers.
I will be the evidence that there is love.
I will invite the struggling mom to cut in line.
I will react with patience and with love.
I will reveal my own weaknesses.
I will share grace.
I will take time.
I will forgive.
I will be aware.
I will be nice.
This week, I will notice.
Will you notice people, too?
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