What if you could walk in another person’s shoes? Hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them any differently?
Perhaps the lady you just blew the horn at and cussed out because she cut you off in traffic had just received the news that her husband was in a car accident and she was rushing to get to the hospital. What if you had known that? Would you have treated her differently?
What about the co-worker who did not speak to you this morning and you got offended. You decided you weren’t going to speak to them ever again. You decided to give them the cold shoulder all day. Maybe that co-worker just received the news that they have a terminal illness. What if you had known that? Would you have treated them any differently?
That man who cut in front of you in the grocery store line this morning had recently lost his job and his marriage. He did not even realize he had cut you off because his mind was preoccupied and burdened down. You got very upset with him for cutting the line. You gave him the evil eye and made nasty comments under your breath that he could actually hear. What if you had known what he was going through? Would you have treated him differently?
The bottom line is, we never know what another is going through. Wayne Dyer once said, “Don’t take anything personal.” I think that is great advice to live by. Greater advice would be to just be kind in every situation because we truly do not know what someone is going through. Stop getting your feelings hurt over the small stuff.
Many times I find myself being hurt or feeling some kind of negative emotion because of the action of another. I am becoming more aware of the need to not be offended by anything and not take anything personal. I have found it to be essential for my own peace.
What if we all practiced sending out love and kindness in ALL situations? The lady who cut you off in traffic may really need that love and kindness. The co-worker who did not speak to you this morning may really be in need of love and kindness. The man who cut in front of you in the grocery store line may feel depressed and hopeless. Your love and kindness could make a difference.
What if? Just what if?
We all can make a positive difference in this world and in the individual lives of so many just by practicing love and kindness regardless of the situation.
I set the intention today to practice love and kindness toward by fellow beings knowing that love and kindness will return to me multiplied abundantly.