Instead of bringing us together and making people nicer, it seems to be making some people meaner than ever.
- If your reaction to someone’s loss is to ridicule them and bully them on social media, you are not a nice person.
- If someone commits suicide and you feel the need to pronounce them “weak” or “cowardly,” you are not a nice person.
- If someone is killed and the President extends condolences to his family, and you wonder why condolences aren’t also being extended to his killer, you are not a nice person.
I’ll stop there.
The good thing: the nice people can win. Nice people can stand together…band together and be the voice against those who are so filled with self-hate and loathing that they have to spew their hatred. There’s so much negativity in the world these days that we have to do our parts to make it a brighter, happier place. We need to do our small parts of kindness.
A simple smile. A kind word. A quick hug. A laugh with a friend. Or a stranger! A giggle. A kind deed.
Every day, every moment, we face choices: kind or not kind. Let’s all make a conscious effort to choose kindness.
Our world depends on it!