This quote jumped to me today. It’s not an always easy thing to do – be kind. Small things frustrate us – a car cuts us off, a parent writes us a mean email, a student pushes our limits.
This has been a hard week. I had three people close to me receive awful, life changing news. And the thing is – they are keeping these things fairly private right now. Their coworkers don’t know, strangers don’t know, everyday people they interact with have no idea what they are going through. These everyday people may not choose to be kind to them, especially if my friends rightfully aren’t in the best moods this week.
I remember when my family was going through a difficult time and I was suddenly awakened to the small complaints people make everyday (I’m guilty of these, too!). As I heard people complain about small problems I felt angry. Angry that they were complaining about trivial things when there are much bigger problems people are struggling with.
This week was a refresher for me that I need to make a constant effort to choose kindness. I need to complain less and spend more time being grateful.
Next time I feel annoyed at a rude parent email or a misbehaving student, I need to remember that I have no idea what they are going through and my kindness could make all the difference.