I picked up a magazine a couple of weeks ago…a special ‘collector’s edition’ all about Mother Teresa. I was fascinated by her story, the gift of her life and her unending unselfishness…her soul-deep kindness for others, especially for those who were perhaps the most challenging to love.
Lately I’ve turned off the news and chosen to sit in the quiet instead of listening to a steady stream of noise noise noise. I am tired of listening to people argue and criticize and stretch the truth and berate one another and do anything for an inch of advantage. My ears are tired of it. My heart is tired of it.
I am ready for kindness. I am ready to be with people who sincerely try to understand one another’s points of view and life experiences. I am ready for courtesy. I am ready for respect. I am ready for looking out for the other guy, letting someone else have the first choice or that parking spot or a spot in line ahead of me. I am ready for more smiles, more holding doors, more offers of help, more sincere compliments, more words of encouragement, more lifting each other.
In a word, I am ready for more kindness. Aren’t you? I love what Mother Teresa had to say about it:
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
Wouldn’t our days be more fun, more peaceful, more enjoyable, sweeter, less complicated, if we just decided to be good to each other?? I know that’s simplistic thinking, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, maybe there’s ‘everything right’ with that.
What do you think? What would it take? Can we all just be good to each other?? It has my vote.