Good morning! I have been thinking this week about people that we "see" each day in the course of our daily lives, whether it be reading their blog, interacting with them at work, purchasing something from them, etc. How much do you really know about that person, or do you think you know?
Did you know that the person at Starbucks serving you your coffee this morning was beat up last night by her boyfriend? Or that a blogger that you read on a daily basis has just been diagnosed with cancer? Or perhaps the old man that walks the track next to you each day, has lost his wife and has no children nearby so the only contact he has each day are with the people that engage him on the track by asking how he is or laughing at his jokes?
What about the maintenance man in your building, did you know that he was in a work camp in Russia and the reason that he loves food is that he was starved for so many years?
And the teenager in the car next to you at the stoplight with the big grin on his face, did you know that he was just accepted into college, the first person in his family to ever go?
And the lady at the grocery store with the unruly kids that get on your nerves, did you know her husband has been deployed for the past 18 months and she is trying to do it all on her own?
It is funny because we all see what we want to see and often times our own issues and problems cloud our judgement or perhaps make us more judgemental and less compassionate.
Life is short, and time is precious, everyone has baggage and issues and on any given day someone that you come in contact with is struggling.
Do you offer a kind comment on a blog post or do you criticize because it is not something that you like or would make? Do you say hello and engage the clerk at the grocery store, and do you actually listen to what they say when you ask how they are?
Sometimes life is hard, sometimes it is wonderful. Some day's life is a struggle and some day's it is a holiday.We never know what sort of a day it is for someone else so why not offer a little smile to everyone you meet? Maybe that is the day that your kind word or smile gives them hope enough to live another day.
I hope that you have a wonderful day and that everyone you meet today is kind!