Who knew finding interesting and witty things to document on a regular basis would be so difficult? Not me - interesting and funny things happen on a disturbingly regular basis throughout my day - moreso than most people I know. If I was a fictional character, I'd like to think my persona would be called "The Catalyst". You know the type; the crux of major events, the focal point of fate, the bringer of change through small actions...
In reality we are all exactly that, though it's rarely as glamorous as Tolkien or Rowling describe.
|Samwise makes an insensitive comment about Frodo's hair.|
Middle Earth is doomed.
Think about it - giving free rein to your actions, believing that nobody cares or notices, shows a complete lack of respect and love for anyone within swinging distance. It is only when we curb our own foul moods, chuck a smile on our face and say a cheery hello to those we meet, that we acknowledge the power we can wield.
Yeah yeah, I know you already know this. I also know how easy it is to simply auto-pilot our way through the day! We get into a routine, dance through the day with practiced steps and scripted conversations. While we are not being nasty to anyone, we are certainly operating in a large 'grey area' of non-effect. But is being invisible to everyone acceptable?
Nope. If left alone, the world continually drifts downwards into depravity. We rely on each other to put some lift into our wings - a passing (genuine) smile, an unneccesary 'Thank you', or maybe just shouting someone a coffee.
|BEHOLD! My coffee mug of +∞ Awesome!|
It made me look back over the last couple of weeks, and realise that I was auto-piloting through everything - worse than that, sometimes I was downright grumpy. And despite all of the things troubling me, there is no excuse for radiating my stress onto others. In fact, it's my duty as a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, and as a Christian to always put forth the best version of myself possible.
So cheer up, losers. We can be the catalyst for a glimmer of joy in someones otherwise bland day. Let's call it the Butterfly Effect (1)....
(1) My god that was a terrible movie. I laughed like a drain when Peter Griffin from Family Guy herds his family into their Panic Room...
[Lois] "What is this Peter?"
[Peter] "Oh, it's a Panic Room. I got the idea while I was watching that movie..... the Butterfly Effect, and I kept thinking "Man, this movie is terrible! I wish there was somewhere I could escape to - somewhere this movie couldn't find me..."