On Sunday night I watched the movie Wonder. I am not sure if you have seen it or not, but it is about a little boy who is born with severe facial differences and was starting mainstream schooling as a 5th grader. He encountered a lot of challenges with bullying but in the end, he developed some amazing friendships with kids who were kind and accepting. At the end of the movie there was a quote that has stuck with me all week and I want to talk on it a bit today.
“Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”
How true is this?
I have no idea what other moms are going through, I only know what I am struggling with.
I have no idea what other couples’ bicker about, all I know are the struggles that Kyle and I have.
I have no idea what you are dealing with financially, emotionally or spiritually, and most of you do not know the same for me.
And that is all okay.
We are allowed to have a private life, even though we can get all of the information that we could ever dream of on our phones.
The big thing is, that no matter who we encounter, or how we are feeling, we need to be kind.
And this goes for how we treat those closest to us.
Sometimes I feel that Kyle, Anna and Jane get the worst of me. But then I take a step back and realize that it is not their fault that I didn’t wake up when my alarm went off I change how I speak.
I am always striving to talk to them in the manner that I would want to be talked to, or even better yet, how I talk to my friends an patients… they deserve that side of me. Not the grumpy, tired, worn out mom that I feel like at times…
It also goes to how we treat others out in public. The simple act of acknowledging someone else can be enough to brighten their day and maybe change the course of their life.
So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, make sure to share love and kindness with not just your family and close friends, but also with the old lady who lives down the road, or the high school student you see who is always by herself or the mom who feels like no one is noticing her.
What seems like a small gesture to you may be enough to change the course of someone else’s life!
One final quote…
“We never know how far reaching something we think, say or do today will affect the lives of millions tomorrow.” B.J. Palmer – Developer of Chiropractic