Yesterday I was reminded of how easy it is to judge or make assumptions about people.

I have a colleague, really more of a friend of a friend, and  I have noticed how incredibly short and very negative in her comments and responses to others she can be. Almost rude in fact. At my age I don’t let things like this hurt my feelings but I do find it annoying and disrespectful.

What I learned from this experience is that you never know what someone is going through in their personal life. And in fact she had found a lump on her breast, she could not get an appointment to see a doctor for over a month, and she was living in fear. And was not aware she was taking it out on the people around her. Hence the writing of this article.

We are living in trying times

Whether someone is living with mental illness, financial hardship, loss of a loved one, divorce or cheating, health…the truth is we just don’t know and that is why taking a deep breath forgiving someone for what you don’t know and ignoring somewhat rude behavior.

Practice random acts of kindness

When someone cuts in front of you in line, ignore it.

Randomly tell someone they look nice today, you may just make their day.

Tell a coworker they are doing a good job.

Send a hand written letter to someone you care about but have not seen in a while.

Always be kind to your servers, bank tellers, grocery clerks, postal workers.

Write a positive review for a local small business.

Hold the door open for the person walking behind you.

When someone is driving too slow in the fast lane, pass them on the right and wave don’t flip them off (this may be my pet peeve:))

Again, remember we just don’t know what someone may be living with. We all need to learn to be patient, tolerant and practice random acts of kindness.

Now go make it a great day!




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