Erinn Diaz: Entrepreneur, Performer, Author, Optimist
I can’t tell you exactly how many public restrooms I have used in my lifetime, but between my daily traveling in the truck and trailer with Letters From Home, the road trips I took with my parents growing up, and living in two different states, I guarantee you it’s plenty to make me an expert.
When I was a kid, my dad drilled into my head to always leave things nicer than I found them. Dad and I were always volunteering backstage at the Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, our community theatre in town, and after helping to strike each show, we would make sure that every dressing room mirror was wiped clean, every corner of the rooms and stage were swept and all the light gels were put back in the proper place… even if they weren’t when we got to the space in the first place.
While driving through Texas this week, we stopped at a restroom that was a little less than our usual standards, and as I was tidying up, I caught myself saying in my head, “leave it just a little nicer”.
Earlier this week, while we were eating out in New Mexico, after our meal, I caught Nelson straightening up the table, putting the trash and extra food on one plate, picking up the straw wrappers and stacking items… just to make the server’s day “just a little nicer”.
I got a random email from one of my Spring Theatre kids this week, letting me know how influential my guidance had been to her, and how it helped make her who she was today. It came out of nowhere and was so sweet and made my day…. “just a little nicer”.
While we were at the American Legion in Arkansas this week, there was a beautiful memorial honoring all 5 branches of the armed forces in the front. Courtney and I walked the path that was lined with small American flags, and one had been knocked over by the wind. Courtney stopped, picked it up and secured it, making it…”just a little nicer”.
You hear folks talking about how “the little things” matter all the time. So today, I challenge you to make the world “just a little nicer”…... leave the spaces you visit nicer than they were when you got there, send someone a text just because, make a baby smile with a goofy face across the room, pay someone a genuine compliment, leave the public restroom just a little cleaner than you found it…
……and while you’re in the act of doing that, realize that you are literally making the world a better place.