Why You Need to Be Kind
Why am I talking about kindness and charity again? Well, something happened on my way home the other day. It wasn’t a mind-boggling incident, mind, but it was definitely a lightbulb moment for me. Sharing it now with my readers here.
Rushing to the airport
Here’s the thing: I’ve always walked fast. If you can imagine someone who walked like she was rushing to catch her plane, well, that was me. I just didn’t see the point of meandering. If I had to go from A to B – and if I could do so in 3 minutes instead of 5 – then 3 minutes was all it took for me to get to my destination. Walking slowly makes me feel sluggish. It also makes me feel that I’m wasting my energy. I figure I have all the time in the world to walk slowly when I become a grandmama, haha.
Never in a million years did I think that I’d be compelled to walk slowly any time soon. Recovering from my fracture, however, has forced me to take things slow in the meantime. This means deliberately avoiding strenuous activities like jump squats, hiking, or surfing. This also means making it a point to only walk short distances at half my usual speed.
And so – while walking along a sidewalk earlier this week – it shocked me to realize that I’ve (temporarily!) become the type of person who used to annoy me. You know, those people who took their time sauntering despite the fact that a queue was already forming because of their seemingly leisurely gait. The very same people who make me think, “Naglalakad ba sila sa buwan?”* Whuuuut.
Whenever someone irritates you, try to be more understanding. Who knows, the person walking annoyingly slow in front of you might just be recovering from an injury. Or he/she might’ve received upsetting news and is still in the process of digesting it. Or.. who knows. You never know. Nobody save for that person does. Be more understanding because everyone’s fighting a battle.
That’s my lesson. 🚶♀️🏃♀️🚶♀️
* “Naglalakad sa buwan” is literally “walking on the moon” in Filipino. It’s an expression of exasperation that one utters over people who walk too slowly in a pedestrian lane.
When do you find it hard to choose kindness? Do you have any stories about kindness and understanding? Leave a comment below.
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