Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Becoming a DayMaker

     A good friend of mine recently sent me an interesting and inspiring book by a man named David Wagner.  The book is called Life as a DayMaker - how to change the world simply by making someone's day.  Isn't that a great title?  The book tells the author's personal story of how he created extraordinary success with a national chain of hair salons, by focusing on doing everything he could to make people's day.  He's gone on to conduct seminars, write, and consult on the power of this simple concept.
     What struck me most as I read the book is that the power to make someone's day is available to every one of us, regardless of our personal circumstances.  As I've experienced throughout this year so far, it can be as simple as a smile, a conversation, a gesture of appreciation, or a helping hand.  It's a choice that each of us can make every day; and it really is a choice.
     Today, I decided that I would send a copy of this inspirational book to a friend - anonymously.  I had it sent through Amazon with a gift card that read:  

     Please enjoy this book courtesy of a friend.  I hope it inspires you to make every day special.  Now make someone else's day!

     It will probably drive her nuts wondering who sent it to her, but hopefully it will indeed inspire her and cause yet another ripple of kindness to spread through the world.

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