How Can I Be Kind This Week?
In this day and age, it is so unbelievably easy to become calloused to the rest of the world, to forget that the other people you're encountering are just that: people. You don't know their stories. You don't know what has brought them to the moment your paths crossed.
I'm not saying to bend over backwards to allow someone with a bad attitude to treat you poorly. I am simply saying that the next time you're about to blow up at a customer service representative or take the frustrations of your day out on the man who is walking just a bit too slowly down the crowded sidewalk, take a moment. Center yourself. Take a deep breath, and ask yourself some questions.
- Why am I angry? Is it because I'm feeling hurt or insecure? Is it because I didn't get enough sleep last night?
- Does my anger solve anything, or does it create more problems?
- Can I find a solution to the problem (if there is one) without resorting to anger or unkindness?
It's like Mark Twain said:
To read a great article on how to be kind when you're angry, go HERE.