I’ve been watching Ellen a lot lately. Partly because I have set up a temporary office on my couch…who knew I edit WAY more efficiently while watching TV?! And partly because I have seriously high hopes for going on her show sometime soon. Gotta put it out there…right? But at the end of every show she says…be kind to one another. At first I just thought…awwww, that’s a nice thing to say. Then day after day it sort of stuck with me. Be kind to one another. That is really all anything comes down to.
There is a lot of really crappy stuff going on in the world. I make Gary screen the news for me because there are certain things I just don’t want to know. Big, bad, scary things are going on so why not do what we can to make our little corner of the world a little nicer. I’ll admit it…I’m prone to a little road rage once in a while. I mean…I do live in Chicago. And there are times when I’m not the nicest person in the world (I know…it’s shocking). But I think there is a lot to be learned from those five little words. You never know how much the littlest gesture of kindness can mean to someone. Every single person out there is dealing with something. Going through something. And taking the time to just be kind…even in the littlest way…could literally change someone’s entire day. Every time I go somewhere and someone holds the door for me it somehow restores my faith in humanity. Or when people let me in while I’m driving. Or pay for my Starbucks…which still blows my mind a little. Or even just a smile on the street. It’s so simple yet so huge…because all it comes down to is kindness.
I believe every person has the ability to change the world. And being kind to each other is the perfect place to start. So hold a door or help someone when they need it. Pass on your unused parking stub or buy a stranger coffee. Because at the end of the day…all it comes down to is people loving people. And yes I just quoted Garth Brooks.
Happy Friday everyone!