Sep 27, 2011

Be Kind

I saw this quote on Pinterest today and it just kind of stuck with me. I think about this often as I'm reminded almost weekly that we don't always know what battles a person might be fighting. Throughout the last several years, and maybe it's just a result of becoming an adult, my eyes have been opened to so many people's struggles. Some are open about them, others are not. Some we know, others we don't. For as often as I am surprised by each trial I also realize that they are not alone. I may never know who dreads getting out of bed each morning to face the day. I might never know which close friend battles her demons on a daily basis because she never tells another soul. I do know this, there are certain people who could drive me nuts because I couldn't figure out why there were so unsocial, withdrawn, or just downright mean. As it turns out, I did learn of some of their struggles along the way and it made me ashamed that I hadn't treated with more love and understanding. Often, a person is the way they are because of the battles they have fought. I try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt these days but I know I often fail miserably. This quote is a good reminder to me that I really don't know what demons each person, whether it be stranger or close friend, encounters each day.

That was a bit heavier than my usual posts, sorry if I left you feeling depressed! It's something that's been on my mind lately.


Pete/Heidi said...

Good reminder, and very true!

Sara said...

So true!!

Chelsey said...

i think we all need this reminder :)

Gretchen said...

Love the post! I got goosebumps for some reason

Yvonne said...

kind of sums up this post:

that Brita linked on her blog not too long ago.

hope you have a chance to read it if you haven't already.