Is It So Hard to be Kind?

I believe in kindness. But there are days when the world doesn’t seem so kind.

Twenty four hours ago there was a senseless shooting in Gilroy, California – a mass shooting that feels like so many other shootings that, as of today, are happening at a rate of more than one a day. As the evening pressed on, many of my fellow Gilroy High School graduates messaged to process, always ending with how much we care about each other.

It got me to wonder about kindness and caring. Can we make a difference and try to turn around so much of what we are seeing these days in our world? Reverse the anger? Redirect the negativity?There is something really wrong with mass shootings. How did it spin so out of control for the young man who was behind it? Could the kindness of other have melted some of whatever spun the wrong way?

I believe if we are kind to others, especially strangers, we will feel a difference in our own lives. Think about those you encounter during the day. The mail person, the cashier at the grocery store, the person next to you at the gas station, the homeless person as you run by on the trails. I believe if you put it out, it will come back to you. And even though others need to feel a little more caring, kindness, and love in our world, don’t you too?

And…hey….happy Monday!

* Read it.

The Harvard Business Review published an article about kindness and how its harder to be nice than clever. There’s also a great business message in it as well, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

* Watch It.

Are you one of those who talks to strangers? Maybe you should….watch below.

* Share it.

Can you print these and share them? Notes to colleagues to help inspire and encourage them to spread kindness. You know what? You need to do this. The world needs you to do this.