Be Kind

Somedays I am just in my head too much.

Thinking about what I have to do, what I have said, what I need to say, who I need to talk to, where I need to go, what must be done, who said what about me, why so-and-so didnt email me back, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Then I stumble across a quote like this, and get a little “SNAP OUT OF IT” moment.

Be Kind...

Its true.   No matter what gifts they have.  No matter how much money they have.  No matter how beautiful.

No matter how perfect their life looks to you.

We all face trials and we all need each other.

Today, I choose kindness.

Comments

  1. says

    Amanda, you have no idea how well that image articulates what I’ve thought about so often. We don’t know what others have going on, how bad their day, week, month has been. If we knew that they had just delivered a still born, or that their child had been molested, or that their parent had received a terminal diagnosis, or someone they loved had just died, or that they were facing financial ruin, what have you, we would treat them with more love and understanding.

    We should show love and patience all the time. We need to remember when WE are that person, how much we need that love and understanding, so that when we get through our trial, we will be more compassionate to others. We just don’t know what others are dealing with.

  2. Joy Ellis says

    A friend of mine and I just had a similar conversation. You just never know what someone else is going through at that time. A little smile or even a hello, just might perk someone’s day up. Living with a chronic illness that isn’t noticeable to the eye, people don’t know what myself or my family goes through on a daily basis. I have been brought to tears by a simple and sincere hello, how are you doing today? Blessings!

  3. says

    I love this quote. I so often feel like while I present a “have it together” professional image, on a personal level I feel like I’m white knuckling it through life… special needs kids, mentally ill mother going through a divorce to care for, other family challenges – so many things that are incredibly overwhelming, but most don’t see. I always try and remind myself that it probably true for most people, and we all need to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

  4. says

    One of the truest things ever written. It’s something I am always trying to teach my oldest (and remind myself), we never, ever really know the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey used to say, and many people with smiles on their faces have and do know incredible pain and challenges, so extending some grace is always the right thing.

    Just this weekend, a wonderful friend of mine, one of the greatest people I know, was dealing with a situation with a family member that I have had to deal with many times. She’s always been aware and tremendously supportive. Now walking down the path I’ve spent so much time on, she stopped to tell me that while she always knew it was hard, she truly had no idea (and she is probably the most empathetic person I know). Even when we know the challenges and struggles others face, we very rarely *really* know.

    I want you to know how much I adore and admire you Amanda. You are not only one of the most talented bakers and decorators I know, you are are an incredible mother and person, and a tremendously unselfish and supportive force in the blogging community. I feel blessed to *know* you through this little blogging world, and double blessed that you are one of the bloggers who opens up more than just your kitchen, but also your heart, to others. Thank you for that. XOXO

    • says

      Pretty darn humbled by you today. I have such respect for you and all you do… daily… the love and care and gifts you share. Your words brought tears to my eyes and I am just so thankful and grateful to be able to call you friend. You are a force of good in this world Christ! A blessing to SO many!

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