I’m working on not immediately closing off when someone talks to me.

Because I’m so used to assuming “Oh, they don’t like me. They’re only talking to me because they need something,” and then I just kinda shut the conversation down and do my best to not get too involved.

But I think I’m a pretty rad person, and I don’t need to do that. It’s okay to be open with people, and it’s cruel of me to close them off so quickly.

I want to share myself with people.

I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
Jonathan Carroll  (via ohlovequotes)