This weekend was a nice and relaxing one. But it was hard to drag my thoughts away from the sad event that happened late last week. Everywhere we went, the news was on showing mugshots and interviewing victims. My heart goes out to them. It's sometimes easy to forget how violent this crazy world can be when you're not surrounded by it.
It's also easy to forget how far kindness can really go. I spent a lot of today thinking about how hard it is to be kind to people you know - especially when you're around them all the time. How sad is it that we're probably the nicest to strangers we don't even know. I know I'm guilty of it. There is so much anger and violence in this world and a little kindness here and there might not seem to make a difference, but it really does.
I hope I come across as a nice lady on the internet - as I hope people think so in real life too! But I am a sassy lady too. And it takes me a minute, but I realize that my sassiness sometimes gets me in trouble. I take a joke too far, force too much affection, or get cranky like I'm sure most people do from time to time. And sure, it's normal and everyone has their moments, but its better to conciously be nicer to others than to apologize later. It is also easy to let yourself get cynical and assume everyone around you is happy and not take into consideration what they are going through. Trust me, I'm just as guilty.
To say that kindness can make the world a better place may seem like an over-optimistic view, but I think to an extent, it's true. Remember that nice lady on the street who complimented you and made your week? She didn't have to do that. And neither did that server have to let you have that free drink with your meal. Appreciating the beauty in the world and in the people around you can hopefully help us protect ourselves and others from hurting each other.
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