This morning as I was driving to the grocery store, a guy zoomed past me in his car and flipped me off.
At the Starbucks drive thru, the barista wasn’t as nice to me as she should have been. And then she messed up my order.
Last week at work, a lady was extremely rude to me on the phone.
My friend blew me off for the third time this month.
Guess what. The guy who drove past me, he was driving to the hospital hoping to make it in time to see his mom before she passed away.
The girl at Starbucks had just broken up with her abusive boyfriend and was going through a difficult time.
The lady on the phone, she just found out she and her three kids were being evicted from their home and didn’t have anywhere to go.
My friend – he was dealing with some pretty dark depression and was contemplating suicide.
Our own personal life is only one of millions of other story lines being written on a daily basis. We need to remember to be kind – to family, to friends, and most importantly, to strangers. Seth would say to never judge anyone. You don’t know what they’re going through or what they have gone through. We, as humans, understand how hard life can be at times. And that, before anything else, is why we need to extend grace to other people. Give ‘em a break. Cut them some slack. However you want to phrase it, be kind. It doesn’t have to be some big, grand gesture. A simple smile or kind word can be sufficient. No matter what the circumstance is, remember everyone is going through something.