So I was having one of those mornings where everything I touched seemed to malfunction horribly. It was like I had been cursed with the opposite of the Midas Touch. Instead, I had the Sadim Touch. Nothing was turning to gold; instead, everything was turning to whatever the opposite of gold would be. I don't know what that is -- dust bunnies? Cobwebs? Sidewalk grit? -- but whatever it was, I kept finding myself with handfuls of it. At one point, I LITERALLY had handfuls of it because the low point of the morning was when my vacuum cleaner died and wheezed a cloud of I-don't-even-know-what into my face.
INTO MY FACE.
I looked like I had been smacked in the face with a grimy powder puff, like Oscar the Grouch was doing my makeup from the cozy confines of his garbage can. When I took my glasses off, it was a definite raccoon effect, but made of grime.
The thing about my, ahem, haute couture dust makeover AND the Sadim Touch and bad days in general is that they are temporary. It's easy to forget in the middle of a vacuum cleaner volcano, but that moment is GOING to pass. It might be messy, it might not be the way you wanted to start your day, but that moment will melt into another moment will melt into another moment and then there will be clean skin, dust free air, and a new vacuum cleaner on the way.
All moments pass. The trick is to realize that they are all valuable. Even the smelly, dusty, explodey vacuum cleaner ones. Without the chill of winter, we have a lesser appreciation for the warmth of summer.
There are big moment in life that should be commemorated. Birth. Death. Celebrations. Love. Accomplishments. We exchange gifts and cards to mark them. But I think that lesser moments -- even mundane ordinary ones -- should be noted as well. A card for someone who is having a bad day. A little gift left on the desk of a coworker who is working on a big project. Something to encourage a student who needs a confidence boost.
There has never -- not once, in the history of ever -- been a time when kindness didn't improve a moment. It makes a good moment great and a bad moment less bad. Appreciate your moments, and take the time to pass some kindness around. The day that you might most improve could actually be yours.