My day started with someone (a complete stranger) saying something rude to me. It was just an offhand comment, not a big deal, but it really put a damper on my Monday morning (as if Monday mornings aren’t already damper-ed enough. Ha!) I know that I can be overly sensitive at times, and that this person probably was just having a bad morning, maybe a bad weekend, or dealing with their own issues at home or at work. There are a million ‘excuses’, but none of them make it okay. I shook it off and eventually got over it- but it made me think of how much we can effect people without even thinking about it. I highly doubt this person gave a second thought about the not-so-nice thing that they said, but I spent a good part of my morning feeling bad/sad about it. Bummer.
It was a good reminder to notice the kind things people do everyday- and appreciate them more. For this one rude comment, I got many other friendly greetings and smiles. I have a bad habit of remembering the insults and taking them to heart, and conversely forgetting the compliments or disregarding them- I’m working on that.
It was also a good reminder to be kind to others, as much and as often as possible. I do try my best and I think for the most part I’m a pretty nice person, but I know I can be more mindful about the words I use and what I say to and about others. Words are very powerful. I will try to not take things out on others that are usually just a reflection on how I’m feeling about myself. On that note, be kind to yourself too.
So, moral of the story, be kind because you never know when you’ll end up on one of the Mean Tweets sketches. And because Monday mornings are rough enough.