The presidential election is in just 15 days. This has been a long (shouldn’t there be campaign cycle limits?!?!), drama-filled campaign cycle. Of course, every political season comes with its scandals and drama, naysayers and fans. This season has been no different. Yet, it feels different somewhow. There has been a distinct lack of respect, honor and gentleness. The media fans the flames. Social outlets allow friends and family to fight in public and air all the dirty laundry. We can shout and scream but we rarely are required to stop and listen.
Regardless of your political affiliation, you can find truth in this quote. Work hard. Serve others. Be kind. You may see the results of your efforts immediately or they may be delayed. This is truth, however. Kindness heals a thousand wounds. Go the extra step. Assume best intentions from everyone. Give the benefit of the doubt.
See an immigrant struggling to assimilate to American culture? Teach them. See a police officer serving the community well? Thank them. See a mom struggling with little ones in the grocery store? Buy that woman some coffee. See a teenager struggling to find their way? Mentor them. See a teacher working wonders with your child? Volunteer in the classroom. See your 3-year-old throwing a temper tantrum? Hug her anyway.
There are so many ways to spread kindness and love around this world. Most of them will cost you nothing but they will mean everything to the person who receives them. If you watch the campaign news it can be frightening. It can cause anxiety and stress. Use it as an opportunity to remind yourself (and others) that good people and things do still exist. Light up this old world with acts of kindness and let’s see what amazing things will happen.
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