Treat everyone with kindness and respect; they are all fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Kindness and respect

Kindness and respect

Everyone deserves your kindness and respect; they are all fighting a battle you know nothing about. Rather than responding in anger try a listening ear and a helping hand.

In our busy world it is very easy to get irritated by those around us.

A couple of  years ago my then 16-year-old was struggling with a medical condition which turned out to be juvenile arthritis. While driving my son to an appointment with the specialist I encountered another driver who displayed an amazing case of road rage toward me. Perhaps I inadvertently did something to trigger his actions, if so I don’t recollect what it was, or perhaps he was just having a very bad day. In any case, despite his actions I was able to forgive him and move on with my day and I hope that he was able to as well.

In traffic we run across people who drive too fast or too slow.

Be kind and respectful to them. They are driving for their reasons not yours. They might be late for work or responding to an emergency. The fact that you are irritated by their behavior says more about you than them.

In social situations some people are too loud, some too quite. There are those who complain a lot and those who say very little.

Everyone is living in their own world, with their own worries and challenges. Be tolerant of the ones that are loud and take a moment to engage with to the ones who are quite. Listening to other people is the bridge to understanding.

Forgive the friends who don’t call, or the strangers who don’t respond to your greetings. They are all lost in their own worlds and their lack of response just means they are busy, and does not imply any desire to hurt, harm or ignore you.

In particular be kind, loving, gentle and respectful to your family and loved ones, for they too are often struggling with challenges that you may or may not recognize.

In fact, it is always a great idea to treat everyone with as much kindness and respect as you can manage.

We are all fighting a battle you know nothing about.

Thank you for reading Success on the Far Side of Fifty.

Have a great week.