2020 is a strange year. Whether your business has dried up or you are overworked, it has been a stressful seven months. Tempers are short, we have become a polarized society of “Us versus Them”, the pressure to produce breeds impatience and anger. But yesterday, my neighbor gave me two bags of ripe, luscious tomatoes and took time to ask how I’m doing. She gave me a gift of kindness.
Kindness is the quality of being nice, friendly, caring, generous and respectful. It connects us to others and improves our mood. Giving your full attention to someone, offering a word of encouragement – all without the expectation of repayment is kindness. I want to reverse my inclination of self-focus and drive to check off the next To-Do list and stop to recognize the person who is desperate for a simple, kind word. If each one of us takes the initiative to pursue kindness, I think we can start redeeming the year 2020.
Mark Twain is credited with saying, “Kindness is a language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear.”
Strive to do your best, to be kind and truthful and to give more than you get. Needless to say, I will hire that painting company again.