I was driving today. Like many days, I was in my routine going from one place to the next. I approached a stoplight and at the intersection was a homeless man with a cardboard sign. Expecting the same pitiful "Will work for food" plea that I have seen hundreds of times before, I didn't think anything of it. As he got closer to my vehicle, I was able to read that the sign said, "Smile & God Bless." I did just that, too. I couldn't help myself. I felt from one corner of my mouth to the other defying the gravity of my day and my thoughts and I was smiling. The homeless man was smiling, too... so much so that only his one tooth poked out of his spacious grin. He was dancing to the music coming out of car stereos. He never even asked for money. The irony is that, if I had any money on me, I would have given it to him.
Truth is, life really is that simple at times. This man on the corner clearly would have benefited from my benevolent efforts, but he didn't ask for that. This got me thinking... How many times in our own efforts, do we fail to look beyond our own needs? Sometimes just reminding someone to smile and feel blessed is just the sign they have been waiting for.