The other day I was rushing to get to an appointment I was nervous about. In my hurry I dropped a glass bottle of soft drink and it smashed to smithereens on the footpath. I put down my bag and started to try to pick up the many pieces of shattered glass when the local butcher and his apprentice came out of their shop with broom and dustpan and offered to clean it up for me. It was a random act of kindness which made a difficult day a little better.
It got me thinking about how important kindness is in the world.
Taking a moment to smile, say something nice, offer a helping hand just helps to make life a little better.
In the online world we often see the best of people, generous donations given, support offered to those who are struggling, but sadly we also see the darker side of people as well.
Hate reading and trolling continues to astound me, I seriously don’t get why you would waste your time on such meanness.
We warn our children about cyber-bullying yet every day you can see evidence of adults engaging in that very behaviour. I often wonder if they have kids, and what sort of example they set to those children. Do they tell them it’s OK to say whatever you think, no matter how much it may hurt another? That your opinion is the only one that counts.
Of course rudeness isn’t limited to the online world, real life throws up its own special versions of arrogance, spite and nastiness.
When everyone operates from their perspective, fully believing they are the only people who count, that they are more talented, more worthy we lose a little something. I’m not sure “looking out for number one” is a sustainable model for a world. Teamwork, kindness, putting others before yourself, those are the things that bind a human society.
Courtesy, manners, etiquette seem a little quaint in the modern world. But without them doesn’t it all start to fall apart?
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness?
I’m going to try to take part in the A to Z Challenge Blog Hop this month. That means each day a post related to a letter of the alphabet. Please note if you are participating in the Blog Hop and you leave a like or a comment I will visit your blog, but I can’t comment on Blogger blogs unless there is the name/url option, I don’t know why, but I promise I’m reading.