reply to post by IceHappy
Thank you for your post. It didn't show up in my "post replies" section under my messages tab, so I wasn't aware of your post until I went peeking
back at our wonderful Waiting Game thread.
Yes, darkness seems to have settled over the land. I am amazed at the road rage. I am amazed at the mean-spiritedness of kids and teens, and those my
At work, I watch and listen in silent horror at how petty and mean people can be about others. I can't fathom how they think it is okay to talk about
others with such disdain. At stores, the clerks are sometimes so rude and bitter.
But then someone comes along who is sunny and warm and kind and I realize there are still good folks in the world. I try to be the one who smiles, or
looks at others with "kind eyes" and is the one who let's the driver trying to cut into the lane at the last minute in by easing off my gas pedal.
I hold doors for everyone - men, women, young, old -- and people look surprised sometimes. If I see someone struggling to carry something to the
office or parking garage, I offer to help.
I think to myself, how can I shine light in this moment? How can I be an example of light in the world, no matter how mundane. I make small talk in
elevators when everyone is looking at their feet and seemingly dreading heading to their desk. I smile and say goodnight to the parking garage
attendant every day without fail.
I do this because I don't have time or money to give. But I can give respect, kindness, compassion, courtesy, acknowledgement, appreciation.
Sometimes I just envision my office tower as filled with light, top to bottom, bottom to top, and that everyone is blessed and healed. I sometimes
just silently send love and light out from my heart as I walk from my car to the office floor.
I find dogs and cats generally seem to respond to love and kindness being directed toward them, without making a sound or outward gesture.
But some folks don't respond - or respond with anger and hatred (sort of like my neighbors
and I can't explain why.
I hope I am wrong about the state of the world, of the seemingly growing "darkness" on the face of humankind. And I worry sometimes about what the
world will be like for my children as they get older (they are young adults now) - and as they have kids. Not just from economic, environmental and
political standpoints, but just from the way people treat people. If we come to a SHTF scenario, I fear that the mad max mentality will prevail. I
sincerely hope I am wrong.
Only kindness matters, in the end.