Kindness Matters

Dear Someone,

I hope that you find this letter with a well rested mind, you that have an idea of how everyone you meet should be, you that is always comparing everyone you meet to someone in your past and you that nothing and nobody is ever good enough for you.

Before I get into why I am writing you this letter, I want to remind you that life is not a fashion show, it’s not a dress rehearsal, it’s not a race, it’s not a competition, it’s not a bed of roses neither is it a grocery list. Stop asking everyone you meet about their career, where they work, marital status or if they own a house simply because you see them smiling. Stop asking everyone you meet under the sun what they think of your president. It’s NOT the #1 political story. Stop asking everyone what their grades are because you want to make yourself feel smarter. Stop asking everyone you meet about their love life because you think yours is perfect.

There are no coincidences in life that’s why it’s great to encourage others because you never know who’s suffering alone, who is hurting inside and you never know who’s faking their smiles. None of us get to where we are alone. Encourage people in that street of life you found yourself because you never know who is tottering at the brink of depression, you never know who is dealing with a serious medical condition, you never know who is struggling, who can’t afford the next meal or who feels unsafe going home alone and you never know who may need a push. Most importantly, you never know who will be here when you wake up tomorrow.

Today, let your character and manners do the talking. Let your actions and your beautiful conduct win the hearts of everyone you meet. If you found yourself at the hospital for any reason, show kindness, compassion and generosity. The hospital is a stressful place — everyone you meet in it is stressed out, and they deserve your light. Marriage could be silent hell for many — quit tormenting those who are trusting God for the fruit of the womb instead of praying for them. People are going through a lot behind the smile they wear. Quit tormenting them simply because you have an idea of how everyone you meet should be. Be good to everyone you meet and quit complaining about their lives and just live yours.

You that’s always comparing everyone you meet with someone in your past, I want you to realize that it’s up to God to let who’s meant to stay, stay and who’s meant to go, go. Not everyone you meet is going to have bad intentions. I know that’s hard to keep especially if you have either been abused, rejected or you’re anxious but everyone you meet has something to teach you. Realize that not everyone you meet comes with baggage. Some are fighting battles you know nothing about, others are either afraid of something, worried about something, loves something, or has lost something. Spend time listening to their stories rather judging them. Give people a chance, spend time learning how to unpack your bag instead of looking for someone to help you unpack yours. Be kind to them even if they can’t reciprocate. Life is throwing a lot of lemons at folks who can’t make lemonades. Quit complaining about everyone having somebody but you when you can have anyone you wanted.

Kindness matters and it is FREE! Be kind to everyone you meet, you might be the only one who does. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you because you never know who is going through a lot. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (CEV) says, God “comforts us when we are in trouble, so that we can share that same comfort with others in trouble”. If you have been comforted, bring that positive energy with you everywhere you go, you never know who needs to feel that and whose day you’ll make just by showing a bit of love. Be considerate, be open-minded and be selfless to someone else’s life.

Until tomorrow, keep being who you are, keep being nice, don’t let people frustrate you and always remember that your day starts with you — greet it with a smile and pass it on. In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Treat them as if today was going to be their last day. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.

In Him,
~Ali Papa.

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