I stopped at the bank this afternoon after teaching, on the way to pick up my youngest from the sitter. I like to pay our sitter with cash so that she doesn't have to worry about getting to the bank with a check. As I was folding the bills over while driving over to her house, I noticed that someone had written on the back of one of the $20's. In blue ink, it said "You Are Beautiful!" with a smiley face.
Now, I know it is silly, but it made me smile. The simple message on the back of that $20 bill lifted my spirits and gave me a grin. What a delight . . . and what a simple gesture! It reminded me of the movement I saw a few months ago of stickers with the same phrase being placed all over the place. I remember thinking it was a neat idea, but didn't think about it beyond that day.
It's like taking the time to smile at a stranger, or hold the door for someone. Small, simple acts of kindness do make a difference. I vow to remember that and do my best to carry it forward.