Civility and kindness are two
things so crucial to people and yet sometimes so hard to find these days. It seems everywhere one looks today; there is another person looking to take advantage of a situation or a person. Often they will believe a person weak thereby making them a target because they are sympathetic to another, how unfortunate this is. Too often situations arise in our lives when we are overwhelmed by events in our own lives. Sometimes we are mired in traumatic events of our own and forget there are others in the world ho may be equally troubled. They forget their friends, family and co-workers, instead opting to hide within themselves or otherwise seek shelter. I know I am one of those who seek to become a hermit when I am hurting or trying to assimilate too much.
The last few years as you know have been full of betrayal and backstabbing for both me and others I know. It has been a sad time and even though I have hidden from much of it, isolated myself in some cases; I recognize that I must do more. I must remember I am not alone in the world and where and when I can, (without harming what I need) make sure I honor those others more.
Have we lost the ability to be civil to each other? Are we as a whole less kind? Maybe, or maybe it is more acceptable in some circles to be rude to another. I have seen it and have been the brunt of this kind of treatment, yet I have hope. I know when I read a blog post or a post on one of the social media sites and see comments that show another is listening, reading, and sometimes they have been touched by something that is said my heart warms. It doesn’t matter if it is my post or someone else’s, what it does say is that someone cares enough to respond.
Can women break the stereotype of the mean girl syndrome? Only if, we keep working towards it, things like this don’t happen overnight, it is one nice gesture after another. One woman at a time, one hand reaching out to another’s, without care for race creed, nationality, or financial status. That is what I believe will change the world.
This year I plan on making sure I read more peoples posts and make more comments. I want you all to know how much I learn, enjoy, and connect on many levels when I read your posts. If I only read your words you cannot know how much I take with me from them or how I value them if I make no comment?