Monday, April 13, 2015
A to Z Challenge: Kindness
During my very bad 2014, I've been thinking a lot about that saying. You know the one:
Always be kind, because everyone is struggling with something.
It's really one of those things that really hits home once you get nice and acquainted with struggle. See the thing is, we tend not to talk about our problems. Partly because we (often times correctly) assume that the person we're talking to won't want to hear it. Or sometimes because of pride. Or because it hurts too much. The reasons are endless.
Thus, most people could be struggling with huge, seemingly insurmountable problems and they won't talk about it.
And although we do it ourselves all the time, we forget this is true for other people. So the woman who's working three jobs to put food on the table becomes rude instead of exhausted. The man who's facing financial ruin becomes short-tempered instead of stressed out of his mind.
Then on top of this, the way we react toward such people make them withdraw even more. Just like you do when someone adds hurt on top of the bad stuff you're going through.
So yeah, I've come to realize just how important it is to be kind. If for no other reason, because I've been in a situation where even a tiny amount of true kindness means so much.
Have you ever been in a tough place, and the people around you made it just a bit worse?