Week 1: Smile And Be Kind To Improve Your Life
Here is an excerpt from my new book I’m working on to combat depression without heavy sedating medications:……We have all heard, “do on to others as you would have one do on to you.” The problem is we don’t do it. In our fast paced, angry society people are full of road rage, yelling at you from inside their car with the windows up as if you can hear them. They flip you off for casually, safely driving the speed limit. Everyone is in such a hurry, getting frustrated in the grocery line because you are digging out your coupons and exact change, sweetly asking the clerk how they are and meaning it. Even though people are mean, it doesn’t justify retaliation on your part. Do no harm no matter what. You don’t know what they have been through or why they are so cranky but I guarantee it has nothing to do with you so don’t make it about you by saying something rude.
Leave a legacy of kindness and pass it on. Do you realize when the little old man smiles and opens the door for you? Do you say thank you or are you in too much of a hurry to even notice him? Maybe he just lost his wife of 50 years and he took the time to do something kind for you even though you’re in too much of a hurry to even notice him, let alone say thank you. When you are at the doctor’s office and there is a long wait, do you get angry with the receptionist or do you patiently accept that it is not her fault that it’s overbooked and feel bad for her because others are not so nice. Maybe next time you could tell her she has a lovely voice, a nice outfit, or maybe how you appreciate her ability to smile and put up with people’s negative attitudes.
I used to be like that, constantly in a hurry, angry, frustrated and being mean to people when it is so obviously not their fault. Sitting in traffic honking the horn, banging my fists on the dash, exasperated and full of rage. Today I live by the rule of thumb, it is what it is. I can only control my behavior and reactions and no one else’s. I choice to be courteous, patient and kind because if I set that example maybe the person next to me will be nicer, happier and pass it on to the next person they come in contact with and so forth. A chain reaction of kindness has begun! I try to make people smile with a nice compliment or kind gesture, trust me, people notice. You never know what is going on in their lives and a nice, kind gesture could change their day and warm their heart.
- 15 Ways to Stay Human. ~ Jennifer White & Bryonie Wise (elephantjournal.com)
- How to Deal with Inconsiderate people (carolyncaputo.wordpress.com)
- Road Rage (holyroller72.com)