I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend. Sorry for the stock photo.
My goal for today's post is for it to take less than 60 seconds to read.
I've lived in a variety of "community" style apartments for the better part of the last two years. When I moved to Portland in 2015, I found a sublet on Craigslist for a house with 6 other people in North East. I took the room for two months before I flew out to Europe for a month to teach photography.
On my return to the U.S., I was invited to stay for a week at a much larger community house of 14 people in South East Portland. I ended up staying for the rest of that year, moving in permanently just a couple weeks after meeting everyone who lived there.
After traveling to a few different countries in the Fall of 2015, I moved in to my final community house in Portland, of 8 people. I used to travel a lot, but in 2016, I was focused only on traveling to one place, to see my wife, who was just my girlfriend at the time.
Because of this, I was home a lot more often than I thought I would have been. I quickly became the person who fronted the dirty dishes, sweeping duties, or trash dumping.
It got to a point where I was so tense about always doing my friend's chores, that it required a sit down talk with them. It was in that moment that I realized that even though I had accrued a lot of pain for being made to feel like my friends didn't care about doing these chores, that the chores themselves only took 60 seconds or less to accomplish.
Then, I realized that my 60 seconds of chores was greatly impacting these people I lived with. If they took those same 60 seconds, and allocated it to their own lives, it would vastly improve the lives of everyone around them.
Seriously, stop and think about it for 2 seconds - how long does it take to do the small things that can vastly improve someone else's life?
Most things that can improve another person's life only take 60 seconds to accomplish.
Everything else can be a huge range of time - but all those small things - from a smile, a greeting, holding a door open, sweeping, warming up the car, taking out the trash, asking someone how they're doing, writing a message, a caption, a short letter or note... it all takes so few seconds away from our life, but gives so much more back that we don't realize.
60 seconds is up. Remember this the next time you have the chance to make someone feel valued. Hopefully this 60 seconds helped you, too.
Stock (because I was too busy making art by living life, rather than taking photos this weekend): Loic Djim on Unsplash
I'm on a mission to show that the light will always pierce through the darkness.