I am the first to admit that I have said and done things that are unkind to others. Knowing my human frailties, I will probably do it again, and again, and again. That makes me sad, because I know full-well the sting of being the recipient of unkind words. Who doesn’t, right?
So, before you poke fun at someone because they are high strung or laid back, before you comment on someone’s hair or lack of hair, before you speak in a cavalier way about someone’s quietness or boisterousness, before you comment on their height or lack thereof, their weight or the abundance thereof, please think twice, maybe even thrice, about what you are saying.
Indeed, before you label someone according to your perception of who they are and what is wrong with them, remember you are talking about God’s son or daughter. God might take offense at your judgmental attitude and
Besides, you probably don’t know them nearly as well as you think. If you took the time to get to know them better, you might find some wonderful things hidden beneath the public-facing exterior of their lives.
People are beautiful, in general. Most people are beautiful in their own way. Some are artists. Some are engineers. Some work with their hands. Some let their brains do the heavy lifting. Some are raconteurs, for whom the abstract is essence. Some see essence only in facts, figures, and formulas.
You get the point, right? Humanity is a beautiful tapestry composed of billions of unique threads. Be dazzled by its beauty!
It costs us nothing to think kindly of others; but, it might cost us dearly if we don’t. It requires no special talent to refuse to speak harshly to or about others; but, it might do irreparable damage if our words wound another precious soul.
So, my earnest plea to all humanity, my sincere request of all who take the time to read these lines is simple: Be kind to one another, please.
August 11, 2020