The other day I crossed paths with a woman at the supermarket, or should I say lady, who was well dressed (no sweat pants or jeans), wore nice shoes (no sneakers), pleasantly subtle make-up (no just-got-out-of-bed face), and thoughtfully done hair (no quickly tied up pony tail to get the hair out of the way).
It showed that she cared, not only about herself but also about how she appeared to others. She stood out because she was different from all the other shoppers, in a positive way. I smiled spontaneously when I saw her. Her encounter also made me aware of how much my own behavior, my demeanor, my appearance influences others. Every time I wear this very colorful checkered coat several people smile at me and exclaim spontaneously, "Oh, I love your coat!."
I have come to the realization that I have to put out what I want coming back at me. If I want generosity to come back to me I need to be generous. If I want kindness to come back to me I need to smile at people more. When I wear that coat I put out joyfulness and I get it right back. What do you want coming back to you?
Please also revisit a recent related post, "giving is good for your health."