Always be kind, because you never know what someone is going through in their private life.
That’s a life lesson we all know we should strive to achieve, but it’s easy to lose sight of it in our everyday hustle and bustle. Mom blogger Hailey had a great reminder of how important it is to treat others with love and care, even when you don’t know them, and it’s something we all need to hear.
One morning in December, just a few days before Christmas, Hailey was driving through traffic when she got stuck behind a slow-moving vehicle. While she may have felt annoyed at first, she quickly spotted a handwritten sign in the car’s back window that instantly changed her attitude.
“The sign in the back window says, ‘Learning stick sorry for any delay,'” Hailey explained on Facebook. A realization then dawned on her:
Knowing this information, I was very patient with their slow shifting, and honestly they were doing pretty well for still learning. Then I asked myself a tough question: Would I have been just as patient if the sign hadn’t been there? I can almost definitely say no.
We don’t know what someone is going through. We don’t wear signs that illustrate our personal struggles. You don’t see signs taped to people’s shirts that say, ‘Going through a divorce,’ or ‘Lost a child,’ or ‘Feeling depressed,’ or ‘Diagnosed with cancer.’
If we could read visually what those around us are going through we would definitely be nicer. But we shouldn’t have to see signs and have reasons to treat strangers with kindness. We should do it anyway, whether we know what is going on or not. Whether they deserve it or not.
Hailey makes such an excellent point here. We’d also add that being kind to others is not something you should do for them; it’s something to do for yourself. The act of being compassionate and attentive to your fellow man will elevate your own well-being in a very powerful way.
This insightful blogger finished her thoughts with a challenge: “Give everyone an extra dose of patience, kindness, and love.” We couldn’t agree more, Hailey!
Please share this important message, and remember, everyone you see is fighting their own battles. Be kind.