Small Acts: Changed For Good

I am fortunate and have had many opportunities to travel around the world, but surprisingly I had never been to New York City. When PMD Beauty was invited to attend NewBeauty’s #newbeautyreportlive as well as meeting with several magazine editors I knew it was the perfect opportunity to see the city while promoting our products.

Obviously, the first item on the list, see a Broadway production. All I can say is, “Holy Cow!” Wicked was amazing! It made me laugh and cry all at the same time. Its no wonder the show is celebrating it’s 14th year on Broadway. I cannot seem to get the music out of my head and one song in particular, “For Good,” is my definite favorite. The emotion I felt as these 2 best friends (Glinda and Elphaba) shared their feelings of gratitude for one another has continued to remain in my thoughts over this past weekend.

 

So much of me

Is made of what I learned from you

You’ll be with me

Like a handprint on my heart

And now whatever way our stories end

I know you have re-written mine

By being my friend…

 

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?

I do believe I have been changed for the better?

 

And because I knew you:

Because I knew you:

 

Because I knew you:

I have been changed for good.

 

It made me consider, can one small thing I am doing now really make an impact in where I end up? Or more importantly, where others end up? A flood of memories filled my thoughts as I thought back to all the people who have made a difference in my life.

As a youth, I remember being at a high school party. Clearly, I was out of my comfort zone and felt very uncomfortable, mainly because of the amount of inappropriate behavior going on. I did not dare leave in fear of not fitting in or getting made fun of, until a boy I barely knew had the courage to walk out. He did not have to say a word, but his quiet example of staying true to himself  has stuck with me all these years. I have since made a promise never to question myself and the person I want to become.

Another memory is of a good neighbor offering to help me with my college applications. While in the process she kindly suggested I apply for just, “one more school.” I was definitely reluctant because it was not a school I had even considered, but respected her input and applied. I was accepted to that University and even chose to attend that school, later meeting my husband. I am grateful for that neighbor who took the time to meet with me (then 17) during a crucial decision making period of my life. 

Being newly married I became friends with a girl who lived in my apartment complex. After a few short months of getting to know her she expressed her desire to have children. After 5 years of trying and 2 failed attempts at adoption she felt lost and defeated. I knew a family friend back home who had experience in adoption and felt impressed to pass along her information, not expecting that contact to lead to anything. Shortly after, my new friend and husband moved out of the apartment complex and we parted ways. A year later I received a baby shower invitation from that very friend. I felt thrilled and beyond excited for my friend at the announcement of her brand new adopted baby boy. Her dreams had come true. As I turned the invitation around a handwritten note read, “Dear Jessica, because of you I now know what it is like to be a mother. I will always be grateful our paths crossed.”

I never realized how one small act could change the course of a life.

If I step back from the demands of life and open my eyes I realize little miracles happen all around me. Let us all be a little more aware of ourselves and the people around us and we will make a difference.

#mybrilliantconfidence

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