KINDNESS ADDS MORE LIGHT TO THE WORLD
How many of us can relate to being isolated as kids because we were different and as a result made “fun” of? Maybe you were short or too tall or thin or heavy? Maybe you wore glasses or like me had problems saying your r’s. Being different was painful and often it was painful because it meant we were isolated and cast out of the groups we cared about. Too many of us can relate to this I’m afraid, far too many of us! I know I can. I was a gawky freckle faced redhead and the only Jewish kid in the entire school. I was one of those “loners” and as such I felt more vulnerable and was more vulnerable. But that experienced helped me care more deeply for others I saw who were too “different” and alone. It still does. It informs my choices as an adult and helped lead me to create this very website and our Happy Cards business.
People today may be all grown up, but we are still isolating each other because of our differences. What we should be doing is celebrating each other for our awesome uniqueness! It’s really not as difficult to do as one might imagine it is.
“If we can give each other a little recognition and kindness, those struggles can be a little less heavy of a burden for us to carry.”
We are all unique, and each of us have our own wonderful interesting stories we are living out. We are also all human beings with many of the same struggles we try to make our ways through so if you stopped and listen to folks for long enough you’d find you’ll recognize yourself in their story. At Happy Cards we believe that if and when we can give each other a little recognition and kindness, those struggles can be a little less heavy of a burden for us to carry.
This great talk asks us to live life as an example of human kindness by simply being polite to one another. And it does make a difference in people’s lives when we are kind and thoughtful and show them appreciation. It makes a huge difference! I know that frequently when I share a Happy Card with person I meet like some worker helping me they often put their hand on their heart and say “wow! you just made my whole day!”.
Watch this great TED talk and then be on the look out today for opportunities to thank someone, to help someone, to be polite and kind to someone. People will notice and your life and theirs will be better for your having chosen a moment of kindness.