We live in a terrifying world. Not only can natural disasters destroy our homes and take the lives of loved ones, but time and time again, we see the effects of loose gun laws in the United States, and an immediate need for change, new background checks and new availability that surrounds these deadly weapons. Our 2nd Amendment right allows us the right to bear arms, which I completely agree with. But if we’re going to allow such guns to be purchased, we need laws that also keep us safe.
With these types of attacks happening all over the world and all the sadness that can be felt from these terrible events, it forces me to remember all of the good in the world. Love will always trump hate. People come together to help one another in crucial times of need, and it is a reminder to everyone that being kind can truly go a long way.
It’s true that you never know what someone is going through. People will always put on a strong face because they don’t want to burden people with their problems…and everyone has problems (some more severe than others). Living your life with this knowledge is an important factor in being kind to others. Of course, myself and no one I know is perfect, but it’s essential to keep this in mind when interacting with those around you.
Kill them with kindness. My mother drilled this into my brain ever since I can remember, and it always stuck with me. When dealing with customer service, I learned that this approach is a much better way to resolve a problem than getting offended at someone’s attitude. Being nice when someone is rude is not only being the bigger person, it will make the person you’re talking to revisit their own behavior, and possibly make the appropriate changes to a more positive approach.
Speaking up when something is wrong. This is a crucial idea to follow with the current state of our country. With ignorance and racism taking over the country more than ever – if you see something that you know is wrong, you have to speak up. These types of behaviors should not be tolerated in front of other people and/or children. Staying silent makes you just as bad as those who are acting in this unacceptable way.
See the good in everyone. No matter how someone treats you, choose to see the good rather than the bad. Of course, you don’t have to keep a friend around if they treat you like garbage, but instead, see that their problems are stemming from something and decide if it’s worth it to help them change. When someone yells at you or acts rude to you in public, try to understand that they may be going through something that makes them act this way. Reach out for help if you see someone crying, be available for those who may just need someone to vent. Be more selfless and less selfish.
Let go of grudges. Grudge holding could’ve been my specialty a few years ago. But as I grow older, I realize that holding this anger just makes me worse off. It’s easier to identify the problem, apologize for any wrongdoing and move on with your life. Burning bridges is something that adds stress, anxiety, and negativity to your life – nobody needs those terrible burdens!
Be kind to others. You could potentially stop a negative result.