I had lunch the other day with a friend of mine. She is quite a bit older than me (and wiser I’d say too!) She was lamenting when people were unkind to her for no apparent reason. Not that there is ever a good enough reason to not be kind, but to this lady? I find it incomprehensible! She is so sweet! Who would want to hurt her and why? I want there names! I will hunt them down!!!
No, just kidding! But, seriously? Why would someone want to be unkind? What does it gain them? Does it make them a better person? Does it bring them happiness? Does it assure them a place in Heaven? Certainly not! So, it leaves me to question, why would you do that? I’m baffled.
I come from a place of trying to make people’s lives better. If I can share a smile, a kind word, or hold the door for someone, I am more than happy to do it. I can’t help but think if we all did that, it would be a much better world. I’ve seen the sign before: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” and while I’m not sure who said it first, it seems like good advice.
Look around and see those in need around you! Is there someone struggling with a crying child? Don’t stare! Give a sympathetic glace and a smile. How about when an elder is taking a longer time than you would to finish paying for his groceries? Have some patience. Five extra minutes is not going to hurt you! One day, you too will be elderly! Have some compassion. It is, after all, Christmas! (Not that that’s your excuse to start being ungracious after the holiday season, people! 🙂