I saw this plaque on the website of a store in Raleigh I visited with my daughter awhile back. It’s called Cat Banjo and they support animals while selling some really quirky and cool things. I’ve always been a fan of Batman since I was a kid. He was my favorite superhero. I even built a Batcave in my bedroom closet, for goodness’ sake! So my daughter got me this plaque for Christmas, which now hangs on the wall of my bedroom…..to daily remind me to be myself. But I realized in a sense we can all also be Batman. We can do those things to help people or make them happy, without personal recognition for ourselves, even completely secretly if we desire, that “practice random acts of kindness” thing. Not earth-saving, movie-worthy, dramatic things, but simple things like paying a toll or bill for the person behind us in line, leaving notes of gratitude to waitresses, giving change to someone who is a little short in the grocery store in front of us, smiling at a stranger, standing up for someone in a bad situation you are witness to, holding open a door or helping someone pick up or carry things, sending a card to a friend or relative just because, so many little things to brighten someone else’s day whether we personally know them or not. Like my neighbor slipping in jars of jelly to my mailbox. It does feel good to receive an unexpected blessing like that, but I have to be honest, there’s a bit of selfishness on my part because it really gives me a kick to surprise someone else that way, too. It just makes me feel really warm inside to know that maybe I’m a little bright spot in what could be, perhaps, a rough day for someone, or if not, just a little icing on their cake, and who knows what the effects really even are? So yes, I’m reminded every day by my beautiful sign to be myself, but I want to try this year to be a little bit more Batman, too.
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