Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Be Kind, It’s Not that Hard!
We heard a story today about the actor, Michael Landon, who described how he got an idea for a television show while sitting in horrendous Los Angeles traffic on a hot day. He said that people were screaming at each other, cursing with their windows rolled down and he thought, “Why is everyone so angry?” He wondered what the world would be like if everyone put as much energy into being kind to one another as they did being angry. It was here that he conceived the idea for his popular television show, “Highway to Heaven”, hoping to put some good, positive energy out into the world, using his experience as a metaphor.
This made us think about our reasons for starting this blog – so similar to Mr. Landon’s! Wanting to use a medium that frequently has so much negative commentary on it in order to spread goodness. And how can we spread that kindness concretely in everyday life?
Take a breath. Everyone gets angry and usually for good reasons. But don’t let your frustrations get the best of you to the point of forgetting who you are. Calling someone – a stranger no less – stupid (or worse) is not to be taken lightly. Our words have meaning and once out there can not be retracted. Who knows what that crazy driver is going through or how much adversity anyone you encounter may have endured that day. Take a deep breath, try to be grateful for having a car or being able to go out, and diffuse your frustration with a little perspective. It could be all that’s needed to spread kindness and patience that moment.