As I write this post, it strikes me how the topic is not only relevant for my blog, but could easily be relevant to countless other written pieces. What I’m addressing today is a universal condition: the lack of kindness in our everyday lives.
Why is it so difficult for humans to just be nice to one another? I have noticed a lack of kindness at the nursing home where my Dad resides, and it disturbs me. Some staff members do their best to be kind to family members and the residents. Others fail at this.
It’s the little things, the things that your parents taught you when you were growing up such as: if you can’t say something nice to someone, don’t say anything; always say please and thank you; and smile at people when you have the chance.
I think many people simply don’t realize the effects of their actions, however small, on everyone they come in contact with. For instance, if I choose to smile at someone in an elevator, that simple action makes the person who I smile at feel good: I’m spreading a bit of joy their way. In turn, they will take that bit of good feeling and pass it on. A good analogy to illustrate this is the difference between opening a shade and letting light into a room, or closing a shade and keeping a room dark.
We make these little, conscious decisions daily. Something as simple as smiling at someone, or choosing instead to give that person a stony stare, makes all the difference in the world – it really does.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
– Mark Twain