On this dark, dreary Florida day, let me ask you a question—does anything ever strike you? I don’t mean a lightning bolt actually coming down and zapping you, or someone literally slapping you around, but more so on the lines of emotionally or even spiritually. Has anything caught your eye and made you stare in amazement?

As a graphic designer, my job is to pull you from the outside world into a different place. The design strikes a chord in customers so that they emotionally crave whatever the product is. And I have to bring a comfortable atmosphere between the company and the buyer. But this doesn’t apply only to designers! Here is a list of some things anyone can do to “strike” someone else:

  • You can strike someone with your words. I heard the other day that seven positive things equal out one negative. Negativity sticks with people more often than not, and it’s really hard to shake. So if you really want to surprise someone, give them a few positive, encouraging words. And if you really think about it, encouragement not only helps the other person, but it helps you, too!
  • You can strike them with your actions. Okay, this is a physical side of it, but not to the length of actually using someone as a punching bag. There are many people out in the world who need help, so why don’t you go out today and be the helper? Carry an older woman’s groceries for her, or spend some time with a child in need. Go out to the homeless and lift them up by taking them out to eat, or even letting them get a needed shower.
  • You can strike them with your attitude. Some people have really foul outlooks, don’t they? We get so used to being grumpy people that, when a warm ray of sunshine comes by, it’s like we get hit by lightning. Just be an overall happy person! It’ll brighten up other people’s day(eventually) and you will receive positive results,too. (Of course, we all have our days. But those days don’t have to ruin other people’s days, as well.)

I hope you take some time today to think about how you are influencing others. I’m not the happy, outgoing person of any group, but I do try to live with positivity in mind. Colossians 4:6 says

“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”

Consider how your words strike people in both negative and positive ways. Be the sunshine on a not so bright day.