“Appreciating each other is a true family value, one that will bail out much of the stress on the planet and help strengthen the universal bond all people have.” ~Sara Paddison, Hidden Power of the Heart~
One of my favorite thinkers and writers is a man named Robert Ringer. In a recent article he was analyzing why mass killers snap and what, if anything, we can do about it before a tragedy strikes.
I agree with Robert that there are some things we can do to avoid having a killer mow down innocents in a mall or a school classroom.
The Million-Dollar Habit we all need to nurture is to say “Hi” with a smile. This is not be the robotic social convention “Hi,” but one where we try to brighten another’s day. Taking very depressed people up even a notch can make all the difference between them acting out aggressively and violently or seeking counseling and cathartic prayer.
Horrific massacres do not come out of the blue. They usually stem from years of alienation and isolation. Granted, some of it is self-imposed by the psychopath, but part of it comes from their fear of rejection to the umpteenth degree. Because of their locked-in bad attitude, inevitably they harbor a self-fulfilling philosophy which often leaves them in long cycles of misery, depression and paranoia.
So between your dashes to that next business meeting or soccer practice for the kids, take a moment and reach out to those who may be troubled…and that could include each of us at times!
That little tweak in your daily pattern could save a life or thirty. Use your two eyes to see beyond your nose. Someone somewhere desperately needs your smile.