Because Nice Matters
I have a plaque with this saying on it in my living room as a gentle reminder to my family.
As a Mom of three girls, one of which is 23, one 19 and one 12 (all with Fall birthdays), we have had plenty of female hormones raging in this home. Soon we’ll have two out of the teenage years and one just beginning – whew! Now add in this perimenopausal Momma to the mix and let’s just say this….poor Tim. There’s a reason he loves his woodworking shop as much as he does!
But I digress…
A few of the characteristics I’ve tried to instill in my girls are empathy and kindness. We all react to someone else’s attitude – whether it be bad or good. Sometimes it’s all too easy to crank back at someone who’s being cranky at us (I’m just as guilty)…but if we can stop ourselves long enough to realize that we don’t know what they may be dealing with – maybe we can deal with it in a different way. Maybe a smile, a “Have a good (or better) day”, or even a gentle touch on the arm with an “Are you OK?” can do wonders.
Sometimes all someone needs is to know someone cares.
Be that someone today.
Happy Sunday all!