Be kind

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“Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

Today, the message is about kindness.

John Watson, best known by his pen name Ian MacLauren, was a Scottish reverend and best selling author known for his words: “Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

We are prone to react negatively whenever we encounter someone who doesn’t interact with us in the way we would prefer—or even in the way we would interact with them—and we quickly internalize it or jump to a conclusion about who they are, believing that they are racist, sexist, ageist, or even describing them with a curse word.

If we stopped thinking that everything is about us, and just start giving the benefit of the doubt to everyone under the assumption that they may be fighting a battle that has nothing to do with us, perhaps we could maintain our own peace. Our response then might even change their behavior, or better yet, simply make their day.

Today, try practicing kindness in every situation, and take note of the peace you have because you didn’t allow something outside of yourself steal that joy away from you.