Inspiration: Kindness

Kindness is a wonderful way to be and yet it can be challenging for whatever the reasons.

In short, kindness is being kind.

When was the last time you were kind to someone?

When was the last time you were kind to someone who was difficult or, in your opinion, didn’t deserve it? This is a tough one.

I try to remember that people are human and are going through different challenges, and more often that not, we ‘re not aware of it.

Years ago, my husband and I were out to dinner. It had been a while since we had a date night, and we both had tough, long weeks of things happening in all areas of our lives. We decided a dinner out was in order and would be just what was needed to decompress from the week and also to reconnect.

We arrived eager to enjoy our night out, leaving all the stress and cares of the week behind us, even if for just a couple of hours.

From the moment we were seated, we immediately recognized that our server was in, shall I say, “in a mood.” We had no idea about the context.

Were they having to do a double-shift?

Did their sitter bail on them?

Did they find out they’re losing their job, or worse, home?

Is someone close to them ill?

Are they not feeling well?

Did they get into a car accident on the way to work?

We’re they dealing with self-inflicted stresses?

Are they just grumpy in general?

The list could go on. My husband and I decided that regardless of the “why,” we gave them the benefit of the doubt and chose to be kind. In this case, was it easy to do? Let’s just say, being kind takes intentionality…and perseverance.

Honestly, like with many things in life, making regular practice of something - being kind - becomes more natural to do.

It didn’t matter what we received in return. It was more important that we walked away that day knowing that they encountered at least two people who chose to treat them with kindness.

Positive change can happen through one person, one experience at a time. The next time you encounter someone who may challenge you, consider being kind; maybe as a result of your kindness, they may be inspired to pay it forward.

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