March 6, 2018
I recently met a acquaintance at a national retail establishment which prompted a conversation about kindness due to a situation. The employees name was Charlotte. Charlotte and I ended up in a conversation about a statement that someone said, which was —- “I treat people the way that they treat me”.
After the supervisor left the area Charlotte and I agreed that we disagreed with the statement the supervisor had made!!! Our combined thoughts were —
All people have good days, all people have bad days . Regardless of any given days happenings we all want to be respected, understood and treated with care and kindness. So, with each interaction that comes your way on any given day each of us has the opportunity to make someone’s day better.
I daily make it a goal to make everyone I meet smile. My ultimate goal is to share a moment of unexpected comfort, amusement and joy in someone’s day. When I get a genuine smile in return or a thoughtful response I think I have accomplished my goal. Some people don’t want to input the work to return the favor. I don’t let their sorrow, sadness or gloom stop my intent on sharing a moment of joy in their day. Instead I know that I have to work harder to try to give them a moment of happiness. (And further, while accomplishing the goal on the telephone is more difficult, it is also possible and very important!!!! Believe it or not you can hear a smile!!!!!)
“Most of us are acutely aware of our own struggles and we are preoccupied with our own problems. We sympathize with ourselves because we see our own difficulties so clearly. But let us be kind to one another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.” 1965-Chicago Tribune by MacLaren, author of “Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush”, which was a best seller in the 1890’s
Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden. Ian MacLaren-pen name for Rev. John Watson
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier!!! Mother Teresa