A couple months ago I was watching the Today Show. Trace Atkins was performing his song, “Watch the World End”. The song is talking about how, if it was the last night on earth, he wouldn’t be doing this, that, and the other thing you usually hear people say they’d do. Instead, he says he’d watch it all end with his sweetheart – just to be with her. It’s a cute song and all, and I have a soft spot for country music, but it was nothing too special.
Then the cameras took a slow, sweeping view of the audience. I noticed a middle-aged couple. During the chorus, when Trace Atkins sings, “I’d watch the world end with you,” the husband reached up and began gently massaging his wife’s shoulders.
It was such a simple gesture, but I suddenly grew somewhat emotional as I thought of the power and significance that can be held in such a simple show of affection. When my husband catches my eye or takes my hand or touches my back during certain words of a song or that romantic scene in a movie, that’s all it takes to give me the warm fuzzies and feel treasured.
This goes beyond romance through. Simple gestures hold great meaning in all areas of life – between friends, family members, even strangers. It doesn’t have to be physical touch; it can be a simple compliment, a word of encouragement left on a sticky note, or a thoughtful text message.
These seemingly random acts of thoughtfulness not only give another person a sense of being loved and appreciated, but also offer the giver feelings of joy, satisfaction and fulfillment.
It’s as simple as that.
What kind of simple gesture can you make towards someone today?