She replied, “Go home and love your family.”
Somehow, I don’t think that’s what the world was expecting to hear. Anyway, when I first heard it several years ago, I disagreed with her: it was only recently I started thinking about that statement again, and seeing truth in it.
Sometimes we need kindness to be shown to us in order to learn how to show kindness to others. And if we are kind, and loving, and compassionate, we will make decisions with those values at the forefront. And if we make decisions with the ‘good’ values and priorities, then we will leave this world a better place than when we found it.
Of course, that doesn’t make it any *easier* to do (especially when the guy in front of you cuts in & almost gives you a heart attack – jeez!) but it gives us a really, REALLY good reason to try.
And on that note, what’s a memorable act of love, kindness or compassion that someone showed you? How did it make you feel? What did you learn? One that’s stuck with me was when a friend & workmate saw me come in with obviously-been-crying-all-night eyes, took care of the work for me, made me a cuppa and talked about anything he could think of to distract me. It taught me that sometimes when people are upset, it’s actually better not to ask what’s wrong – just be a happy, supportive distraction for a while. And make them a cup of tea 🙂
This post was inspired by Charlee Felice’s post over at Charlee’s Corner – thank you, Charlee, for your insightful writing.