Kindness and All That Jazz

As usual, it’s been a couple of months since I’ve posted. Been busy with summer fun and second jobs and such. The highlight of it all was probably our road trip to Washington DC to sight-see and visit with some of my dearest friends. A great time was had by all.

Now Micah’s back in school, vacations are over, and it’s time to get down to some serious enjoying of the fall season. Because fall is my favorite season of all. If it were a little less gray here, I’d want it to be fall all year round. And less mud, please.

Not sure if it’s summer leaving so abruptly or the allergies and sinus problems that seem to go along with the changing of the seasons but there seems to be an abundance of assholes around. That includes me and many of my usually nice friends. It’s actually be shocking how many times I’VE been the one to talk others off the ledge. Frightening, really. I’m not used to being the voice of calm and reason. But being put in that position has helped me to take a few steps back and really think about the ways in which I communicate with others. Don’t get me wrong, I still honk my horn and yell at people while driving but I take a second and think about it first. I can’t remember the last time I flipped someone off. Of course, that has more to do with The Boy being in the car with me and wanting to set a mostly good example. And my fear of being shot. Yes, that, too.

Everyone really needs to try to remember that we’re all struggling with something. Every single one of us – whether we choose to share our challenges with others or not – is battling with some aspect of life. How many times have you been having the shittiest day ever and there was some random person who said or did something nice that just made you stop in your tracks and think, “wow, I needed that,”? I’m happy to say that I’ve got a nice group of friends who sometimes do that for me and now I try to do that for others.

But don’t wait until someone you like or care about is having a shitty day – do something nice for someone every day. Just one thing. Something small, like hold the door and smile and say hello. You really never know how something as simple as a genuine smile will change someone’s outlook (not a creepy or over zealous smile because that’ll freak someone out and you may end up with a visit from security).

So if you’ve not done anything nice for anyone yet, do it now. If you don’t have anyone to be nice to, be nice to yourself. Or me. You can always be nice to me. I may yell at you if you’re too nice and it becomes annoying though. Or if you try to hug me. Sometimes we have to take chances but it’ll almost always turn out well.

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