The Department of Homeland Security has a public service campaign it calls “If You See Something, Say Something” for the purposes of raising public awareness about indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime. Makes sense to me– we can’t always assume that someone else is going to see the same thing we saw. And if they do, we can’t assume that they’re going to do something about it.
But I think this idea can apply to a lot more than anti-terrorism measures, and I propose the following:
Seriously, does anything feel better than a heart-felt compliment? An expression of gratitude? So why not tell someone when you like their dress, think they did a good job speaking in a meeting, got something done faster than you expected, looked really beautiful or happy or glamorous or clever in a photo on Facebook? What’s the harm in saying something nice?
I’m not suggesting that we all walk around with a false “you look lovely today” on our lips, but I know that nice thoughts pop into my mind all the live-long day and it seems silly to waste such happy thoughts on my brain, marinating in its juices all alone in my thick skull all the time. Why not share the thought and take a chance on making someone’s day just a bit better?
When I first started toying with the idea of starting a blog, I really wanted to make it a positive place. In fact, my original working title was “This is a Positive Blog.” Of course, that was before the whole tapestry idea came about and I’m glad it did, because I like that much better. Regardless, this is a positive blog. And I want to be a positive force in the lives that I touch. There’s enough negativity out there to go around.
So what do you say? Will you join me in my crusade for kindness? My goal of goodness? (My attempts at alliteration???) It’s as easy as saying out loud the thought that’s already in your head. Piece of cake! Piece of delicious cake…
5 thoughts on “See Something, Say Something”
Each blog post I read puts a big grin on my face! Thank you for bringing joy to my world in a new way! 🙂
Thanks so much, Sherry!!! And to come from a real-live editor?! I am thrilled!!
You’ve made my day with a simple compliment or something nice to say sooo many times. I picked up on it in college and have been trying to do the same since then! Kind of a “what would Rachel say?” situation. I should have told you before!!!
Dang, Aimee! That’s probably one of the nicest things someone has ever said to me!! I miss you!!! <3
Rachel- I simply love this and want to live my life with this very motto/mantra. I love that your friend above associates this with you? That’s so amazing and inspiring. How can we start a business around this? (Im out of a job in a few months you know! 🙂 )