There are 86,400 seconds in a day. That’s a long time to worry about your next meal, where you’re going to stay or how you are going to pay bills.
Maybe your problems aren’t as significant. Maybe there are other issues that weigh you down. Or maybe you know someone who is being weighed down by something each day.
If so, think of this little girl I met.
My church is among a number that shelters homeless people a few times a week during winter. Our neighbors arrive in time for dinner, spend the night and head out in the morning to jobs or such.
The other night, among those helping serve was a mother and her two children. I believe the girl was 7 and her brother was 5. After the little girl handed bread to the neighbors and they went to eat, she had an idea – as only a child would.
Seeing the ice cream that was a part of dessert and knowing that they had root beer, she suggested making root beer floats. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, it had never been offered before.
Now, let’s be honest. A root beer float isn’t going to solve a homeless person’s problems, isn’t going to get them a job, isn’t going to make much of an impact in the long term.
But when you have 86,400 seconds a day to worry about so much, a little act of kindness can can go a long way. Even if it distracts a person from their problems for a few seconds.
That’s the point. While this little girl couldn’t give these people a job, a place to stay or even any financial help, she did what she could.
Isn’t that what the holidays are about?
Isn’t that what every day should be about?
Maybe we all should think more like a child.