If you see something say something
We observe signs like this posted at airports and many other public places. The sign warns us not to leave unattended items and if we see any unattended items or suspicious activity to say something to authorities. In today's world this sign is necessary and hopefully prevents any disasters from occurring. I however, would like to offer up another perspective on this message. What if we used this message as a reminder to say something every time we see some good happening in this world?
If you see something say something. When you see someone engaging in an act of kindness, acknowledge it. When someone you know is struggling with a problem, reach out to them and be supportive of them. Did you observe a person doing something worthy of praise, did you attend an amazing performance? If so, say something! Congratulate them with a quick message. With today's technology it takes just seconds to message someone and share a positive comment. A person can go further on a kind word than just about anything. Am I suggesting that we ignore signs posted asking us to report suspicious behaviors we observe? Absolutely not, it is imperative that we are conscious of our surroundings to insure our safety. But just imagine if we took this message and used it to remind us to focus on the positive behaviors of others, to encourage human connection by reaching out to others (watch this video) when we observed good in this world. The ripple effect of this behavior has no end.
Here is a story I would like to share that is an excellent example of doing just that. Last October Nashville recording artist Sunny Sweeney was traveling to a performance and while on a layover in the Las Vegas airport she had the opportunity to observe the moment pictured below which she shared with her fans on her Facebook page:
This post had just under 2 million likes and was shared over a million times. The photo quickly found it's way to the family members via social media. In this follow up video (watch here) Sunny goes on to say that she was uncertain if she should snap a photo of this private moment, she explains that her husband is an active duty police officer and an Air Force veteran.
The moment touched her and she felt compelled to share the photo with the intent of the serviceman's family seeing the it. She saw something and said something. Sunny's video inspired me to leave the following comment:
As I contemplated using this story as an example for this blog, I had many of the same thoughts as Sunny described in the video. This isn't my story to tell, I'm simply a fan of hers that pointed out what so many others were thinking regarding her taking the picture and posting it. As I went back and forth with myself on whether to use this story in my blog, I had to pause and think, I saw something and I need to say something. I observed through Sunny Sweeney's social media pages (use this link to learn more about Sunny and her music) she was able to reach literally millions who shared this photo and shared in her gratitude for the commitment, dedication and sacrifice that the men and women in our military make daily so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do. There are no coincidences and I am certain that God used Sunny on that day as a voice for our military servicemen and women. As is evidenced above, many others shared my belief that Sunny was being used as a messenger to show others the goodness that exists in this world.
This one random act of kindness as a stranger walks up to a soldier and offers to pray with him not only shows support for our military, but also confirms the hope I have for all Americans that we would treat each other with kindness and compassion. That when the opportunity arises we offer up our prayers whether privately or in person. I share this blog with the purpose that each and every reader will continue to support our military and be inspired to not only participate in random acts of kindness, but to say something when they observe them occurring. Create a ripple effect in your world.
I observed one person seeing good in this world and saying something. I saw something and I'm saying something.
What have you seen? What do you need to say?