if there is one thing that i’ve witnessed and truly believe, it’s that dealing with some people requires a lot more grace than dealing with others. when i was younger, i remember reading a quote by Plato that said:”be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” that quote always stuck with me, and as i got older, i just remember really recognizing how important it was to treat people with respect and compassion because you really don’t know what they are facing in their life. you never know when people are on the brink of their breakdown- or their breakthrough, and you could be the one to push them over the edge either way.
i say all of this because of a conversation that i had with a friend last night on how someone from her church was really being negative to her, and because of a situation that i encountered on my job today. i truly believe that some people just require a little more discipline, a little more grace, and a little more love to even make their presence bearable. however, when i think of all the discipline, grace, and love that GOD has shown to me, i figure that the least i can do is try to exhibit that in my interactions with others; which is seriously one of the hardest things i’ve done. but at the end of the day, i don’t want to be accountable for causing harm (of any kind) to someone because i was rude to them.
my challenge to the few readers of this blog…let’s try kindness for a week. be encouraged all!
“be kind to unkind people- they need it the most” ~ashleigh brilliant
“kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~mother teresa