I thought I would take a minute and write a little more about kindness. I really think that it is so overlooked… Sure, philosophers talk about love and peace… preachers talk about faith and forgiveness (and generosity)… polititians talk about justice and health care (and taxes)… but what about kindness? Can you imagine how the world would be different if every day, everyone took a little effort to show some kindness? It would be a different place! Why not be courteous when you drive – that is showing kindness. Sure, the other guy may be a jerk, but if everyone was courteous on the road, peer pressure alone would convert even the jerk into a nicer person (at least behind the wheel). Or saying a complement to someone who serves you well – like a grocery clerk who is particularly fast, or a gas attendant who does a really good job on the bug-encrusted windshield. Then those people would feel good about the work they do, feel more appreciated, and they might go home at the end of the day feeling a little less tired or grumpy, and be a little nicer to their kids/wife/husband/roommate/friend.
Which brings up another point – why don’t we show the most tenderhearted kindess (patience goes along with it) to those we are closest to? Why aren’t we the sweetest and the most understanding, and least defensive, with our family and loved ones that we share our very lives with? I think it’s great and all to be kind to total strangers, and frankly, it’s easier, but the key to really changing the world is to be kind to those that are closest to us. After all, if they needed a kidney, we would give it to them, right? Why not get them another scoop of ice cream if they want it? 🙂 Or start their car for them in the morning, or do something that they’ve been asking us to do, that we’ve been avoiding just ’cause it was their idea? Hmmm… some things to think about.
That’s all. I think I’m going to go get myself a scoop of ice cream. Mmmm! 🙂 Take care, everybody!
P.S. My mom had a great idea for health care. She’s going to call it “The Fourth Way.” 🙂 In her system, each surgeon that is going to be performing certain surgeries has to have the surgery first before they get to do it for a living. So, kidney surgeons would have one of theirs removed, or transplanted, so that they know what it feels like, and know what they are doing to their patients! Wouldn’t doctors be more kind and understanding if they had been through the same pain? I bet there’d be less surgeries!! 🙂 They’d have to come up with other methods of treatment, or better prevention!