When I started this blog I had a few rules that I swore I wouldn’t break. Among them were not to use this forum as a platform for prostelatyzing my opinions, trying to drum up political support for people I want to lead, or for airing my views on what is happening in the world.
Today I am going to draw a line in the sand and gently break one of those rules.
The past few months have been rife with news reports of killings, beheadings, beatings, and shootings of our people, in this country and abroad. I’m not naive, but seriously, this has to stop. When did it become okay to pull a gun or a knife on someone who looks different from you? When did we start hating one another so much? And when did it become acceptable to submit to mob mentality and hurt one another? Where does it end and how?
Psychology tells us that the only way for behavior to change is, simply to change the behavior.
I have always believed that if people do the right thing, and show that they are, the bad behaviors of others will change. Again, naive? Maybe. But what if it’s not?
I challenge everyone and any one who reads this to simply be kind to others today and everyday. If someone cuts you off in traffic, realize they need to be someplace fast and don’t submit to road rage. If someone is rude to you, simply smile and tell them you hope they have a better day. Don’t curse out the telemarketers- it’s simply their job. Don’t be rude to your waitress if your food is late – there’s probably a good reason and you won’t die of starvation if you have to wait a few minutes more for your meal.
I truly believe that change for the better starts with each one of us knowing that a change is needed and taking small steps towards that end. The old song, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me” is an anthem for change.
So, my simple message of the day is… be kind to one another. I have always found when I smile at someone else, they usually can’t help but smile back. It’s like a reflex. If you’re kind to someone, that reflexive kindness will come back at you as well.
Practice kindness. Make it a reflex. Incorporate it into your soul. And as Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
And that’s the last time I’ll go off the writing purpose of this blog. Promise.