Take a Chance on Someone
Who Might Feel Invisible
Take a chance on someone you wouldn’t
normally speak to. Speak to the quiet girl who looks like a quiet
Tuesday afternoon. Spend the day by her side and see the world
through her eyes for a while. Lose yourself in the wildness of
her thoughts, wondering how someone so quiet can keep so much
inside. Walk her home and really understand that sometimes girls
who look like Tuesday afternoons hide Saturday nights in the
simple lift of their lips in a smile.
Take a chance on someone you wouldn’t normally spend time
with. Do more than smile at that boy with kind eyes you see every
day at the bus stop. Ask him where he would go if he could be any
place but here right now. Ask him what he would change if there
is one thing he could change in the world somehow. Listen to him,
really listen to his ideas and find yourself surprised at what
you can learn when you actually listen rather than hear.
Take a chance on someone you wouldn’t usually notice. Start
a conversation with the girl you see busking in the train
station. Ask her who she sings for when no one is listening.
Watch her eyes light up when she speaks about that person.
Understand what it means to love someone so much that you reserve
the very best of yourself, your talent and who you are for that
Take a moment for someone who really needs it. Give some time to
the homeless old man begging on the street, who you see other
people ignore or treat as an annoyance. Don’t just give him
money, give him your time and ask him for his story. Understand
how he too was once loved, and had a family that cared for him.
Allow the tears when you hear him say that he feels like he has
been forgotten. Be the first person to really understand him in
the longest time when he says he has made mistakes and he truly
Take a moment for someone who looks like they are breaking. Ask
them if they are fine, and if they say they are, but look like
they are not, ask again. Tell them to trust you and tell them you
are there for them and mean it, just let them unburden their
sorrows for a second, because talking to someone when they are in
pain costs nothing. Understand how much pain and how many
scarring secrets a human being can pack away inside them just to
make sure they cause no one else’s suffering.
Take a moment for someone who you know truly loves you and you
have been taking for granted. Call your grandmother just because
you know she misses you, and visit your mother and surprise her
with flowers or a hug or an ‘I love you’ because you
know you should let her know that more often. Go to your
grandfather and ask him all about his war stories, it
doesn’t matter if you have heard them before, just listen.
Spend time with your dad doing something he loves, like playing
golf or fixing the car – just because you want him to know
that you love him. Find out wonderful things about the people you
have known all your life, and look at them in a whole new way
once you have learned them.
Take a chance on someone else and find a newer version of
yourself in that moment. A you that is cleansing your soul with
kindness and understanding. A you that has changed because your
eyes have opened to the fact that the world that you didn’t
know, and the world that you do know together make your life such
a rich and beautiful tapestry of wonder.