I was inspired to write this post after watching a movie. This movie really made me take a step back and think about what kindness actually means.
This movie was called Wonder starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.
The movie was about a boy who had a facial deformity. He was homeschooled for quite some time and once 5th grade rolled around, he decided to go to school. What people thought about him really held him back. He had an astronaut type helmet and wore it in public because he was embarrassed to show his face. His fellow classmates would see his face every day and they would just stare at him because he was different. Some would make fun of him, and for about the first 2 months of school, he didn’t have any friends. Right before Halloween, he made a friend and then another friend and on and on.
I don’t want to spoil the movie too much because some of you may be interested in it. The premise of the movie struck a chord in me. So I was like why not write a blog post?
This movie reiterated the fact that kindness always wins out.
It’s not hard to be kind to others. Hold the door open for others, say have a nice day to people. It’s those little things that can make someone’s day.
You don’t know what other people are going through at any given moment.
I read This is Water by David Foster Wallace a few months back. One of the main points of the entire story was to think in terms of others. Everybody is guilty of thinking in terms of themselves. The whole premise of this story is that we as humans think the world revolves around us, when in reality, it doesn’t. Not even close.
You might get angry at waiting in line at the store and you don’t think about what others could be going through. You don’t think about how the person being checked out at the register may be going through a mid-life crisis. You don’t think about how the person driving in front of you is going below the speed limit because they got into a severe accident.
Moral of the story is to think in the shoes of others sometimes. Don’t think the world revolves around you because it doesn’t.
This is where kindness comes in. There is absolutely no harm in being kind to others. It takes a few seconds to be kind to someone. Take the time to put a smile on someone’s face. You never know when you might make someone’s day.
Take the time to be kind to others. It literally takes a few seconds to demonstrate an act of kindness towards others. Your goal should be to do at least one thing every day that gets someone to say a simple thank you or put a smile on their face. It will make you feel better and it will also make the other person feel better. Put those 5 seconds in to show someone that you genuinely care. It’ll be worth it.
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