Kindness matters. I was going to get on the train the other morning and the station where I scan my card before boarding the train had a rock on top of it. On this rock was painted, “Kindness Matters.” I have included a picture of it.
Kindness does matter. In this day and age when everyone is so selfish and spoiled with instant gratification, this is a good time to stop and be kind to someone, put someone else before yourself, give instead of receiving and remember that we are all a part of the human race. The purpose of our race is to take care of each other.
Most people don’t want to be the sidekick. Most people want to be the hero. Everyone wants attention. But when most people are in a situation where they are not the hero and someone else is, they often react to the person who was the hero with resentment, jealousy, disdain and even retaliation. This is all wrong. When someone else is the hero we need to be gracious, show them encouragement, congratulate them, praise them and be happy for them. Just be patient. You’ll get plenty of more chances to be the hero and you’ll get more attention.
We all need to show more grace these days. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Hold the door for someone. Let someone who is waiting turn in front of you. If you do, you’ll see others follow your example and you will pay it forward, making society and the world a better place. Remember we are all human, we are all mortal, we all only get one life and it’s short. Make the most of it for others as well as yourself. Albert Einstein said, “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
Words copyright 2016 by E. J. Edwards