Be kind to your fellow man

Be kind to your fellow man

Yesterday was 9-11. Many of us recall the sadness, anger, and loss of that day in 2001. It is right to remember the tragedy and honor the memories of those who lost their lives. We also remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the war against terror that has since ensued.

I’d like to put a different thought into your minds today, one of kindness. There are many pictures that document that day in history. As we look through them, we can find people assisting strangers out of the rubble, and strangers assisting first responders. People helping people, just because it was the right thing to do.

We know that bad news sells, so we hear more bad news than good, but… did you hear about the 400 car “pay it forward” line in St Petersburg Fl. last month? 400 people at a drive through Starbucks paid for the person behind them. How cool is that? Wasn’t it sweet of the person in the first car to get that going?

Have you ever been on the receiving side of kindness? I actually have been recently… twice! I won’t bore you with the details, but it made me smile to have someone go out of their way to assist me.

How about a time you did something kind for someone else… can you think of one – recently?
(I hope you were able to answer that with a “YES.”) If you didn’t, perhaps it’s time you were kind to your fellow man (or woman – grin).

Studies show that kindness is good for your health! I know when I have been kind to someone I just glow inside (even when it’s done anonymously). I feel as if I’ve accomplished something for the greater good of mankind. Ok, maybe that’s a little grandiose, but you get the idea.

We’re coming up on the weekend. How about taking that opportunity to improve your health? Go out and be kind to a stranger! Grin.


*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, and the author of The Decision to Change


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