Tis the season for kindness right? Well what if we lived in a world where we were kind most of the time. I was raised by a working class father and a stay at home mother. I never wanted for anything I needed. I always had a roof over my head and food in my belly and clothes on my back. I was also taught kindness. I was taught that I am not better than anyone. I was also taught just because I didn’t have the latest Nike shoes on my feet it didn’t mean I couldn’t run as fast or be as good as the person who did.
Yesterday I went through the McDonalds drive through and it was brought to my attention that I was kind to the young person who handed me my drink. I treated her just like I would have treated my own mom. I asked her how her day was, I said thank you and I told her to have a great day. It took maybe 35 seconds of my time and little to no effort and I can promise you I made her day.
I do this no matter where I am, it is something my children witness and they are both encouraged to interact as well. Nora will normally ask for me to roll down her window so she can simply say hi and thank you.
I guess I just don’t understand when we stopped appreciating our working class. When did it become okay to not say thank you to the employee working to ensure your happiness. Better yet when did it become ok to not be nice and respectful to people? These are people we are interacting with… PEOPLE… HUMANS…
So next time you get your drink of choice or meal of choice remember the person taking your card, the person handing you your food are no different than you. You may sit at a desk versus a cash register but the same level of respect should be shared. PLUS little ears might be around and showing kindness by example will only do great things for that little one.
So tis the YEAR we are kind, because right now our world needs all the kindness we can get.