There are days when each and every wound you ever received is on the surface, raw and tender, waiting to bleed all over again. These days are a reminder to be kind. Show compassion. Practice patience.
That woman yelling at her screaming child in the check out line? Maybe she had to decide whether to buy groceries today or pay the doctor. Give her an understanding smile. If you're up to it, offer to help her get her groceries to the car.
The perfectly healthy looking guy who's walking away from the handicap parking spot? He might have one of those insidious hidden illnesses. This may be his first outing this week, and it will take him 2 days of rest to recover from it.
The person who pushed in front of you at the express lane, but has more than 15 items in his cart? Maybe he's getting last minute supplies for his father's wake. He didn't even see you moving towards the same line. What he sees now is the last time he saw his dad and how he wished he'd told him more often how much he loved him.
The woman who's late for work, again, even though she knows the big project is due tomorrow? Maybe her asthmatic child has another respiratory infection. She's frantically calling to find child care while she works from home on her computer.
It's a hard world out there folks. You know it is because you live in it too. I know people can be assholes to each other. I know I have been. But usually there's a reason, even if we're not ready to share it.
So, today, I'm going to try to remember that everyone is hurting. We all have our own pains and sorrows.
Sometimes those pains are obvious and people give you hugs and casseroles.
Most times those pains are invisible and people just try not to strangle each other.
Just for today:
Be Excellent to Each Other.