If I were to ask you to name a bathroom accessory universally found in every household ,chances are you will say soap/shampoo and yet there is one very important and yet often ignored toiletry in each of our homes ; THE AIR FRESHENER. It comes in different sizes,colors, fragrances,designs/ types and yet its basic features & function always remains the same. This week, I’d like to share with you 6 life-changing lessons from the air freshener. Reading this post, will give you a new respect for your much ignored air freshener. Trust me; you will never look at it with the same eyes ever again! 😉
1)The Air freshener is SELFLESS : It spreads fragrance where it is needed irrespective of whether/not it is responsible for the staleness/mustiness/bad odor. Often in life we may not be the cause for the “staleness” around us but we still can take responsibility to fight it by doing the good we can in our own small way. Oh! to be like that SELFLESS Air freshener which does its job anyway!
“This is what sets the tiny opal of a planet off from a million greater worlds – the possibility of KINDNESS- the possibility of CARE.”- Pam Brown
2)The Air freshener is FAITHFUL: It takes only one/ two sprays to transform the atmosphere of a room. Often in life, we may wonder what good will come out of our small/insignificant acts of goodness. Truth is, we will never know; the power of a smile/a kind word/ a genuine compliment/a gift to someone in need /a listening ear/ a helping hand may even be the difference between life and death! Never underestimate your POWER to bring joy into another’s life.
“If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito!”-Anita Roddick 😉
3)The Air Freshener is often INVISIBLE: Do any of us pay attention to the air freshener unless it is actually needed? Many of our lives are just like that. We may be invisible to the world repeatedly doing our everyday duties faithfully and doing good to those around.Even when we do, the response we get may not be what we expect. Sometimes we may even be misunderstood/accused of selfish motives and disillusioned,we may even ask ourselves “Why did I even bother?” But the truth is that no good deed is ever wasted just like the seed which germinates all of a sudden, results will come when least expected.Let us never allow the reactions of others from stopping us doing the good we believe we need to do.
“It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.”- Jenny Craig
4)The Air Freshener is FILLED: As long as the Air freshener is full, the effect of the spray will always be there. Before it is emptied, it needs to get refilled or else it will be useless and thrown into the trash-can, no matter how useful it has been in the past. The same thing applies to us, we need to take good care of ourselves & always be in balance; getting the right rest/ nourishment/ strength/education/entertainment/encouragement we need. We can give to another only when we have enough and hence need to be kind to ourselves too.This may require us to prioritize / even say NO to some things in life. Somebody once called it “being SELFLESSLY SELFISH”. Well, if that is what we have to be,so be it. I think it’s always better to take time & recharge rather than to break down & recharge! 😉
“Guard within yourself that treasure, KINDNESS. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.”- George Sand
5)The Air Freshener is an OPPORTUNIST: Had the Air Freshener a choice of its sphere of influence, I’m sure it would never choose the musty/stinky places. Figuratively speaking, many of us are just like that air freshener and may be placed in situations we would rather choose not to be,but let us decide today that instead of using up our energy in fighting our circumstances and wishing things were different, let’s just makes the best of exactly what we have and where we have been placed.
“The best place to succeed is where you are, with what you have.”-Charles M Schwab
6)The Air freshener is an OPTIMIST: If the Air freshener were not an ideal optimist, I think, it would have given up on us a long time back. I mean, what does it get in return for every spray of freshness it gives out into the world? It is just used and then ignored until it is needed again but the Air freshener never gives up and slowly the room gets fresher and fresher. Similarly, we need to believe the best about ourselves and the people in our life and treat them as if they already were what they ought to be and thus help them in becoming better!
“Trust people and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love this quote by the character Claire Colburn, from the must-see movie ELIZABETH TOWN.
“Never if possible lie down at night without being able to say: I have made one more human being at least a little wiser or a little happier or a little better this day.”- Charles Kingsley.
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”-Emily Dickinson
“If at the end, all that can be said of you is that you were kind, it is enough.”- Peter Gray B
Nugget of Life: “Happiness is like a perfume, you cannot give it away without getting a few drops on yourself!”-Author Unknown but greatly appreciated!
Have a refreshing week,
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