Note: this post is a reminder to all and myself first, a reminder to treat others with kindness, avoid judgment and assumptions, and be kind to all people.
Do you ever pay attention to how people treat each other? I do this as a hobby, I find it fascinating, and disturbing at the same time, to watch how someone treats another depending on looks, socioeconomic status, car, size of the wallet, and etc. The gap between the rich and the poor is so wide in most countries around the world and the treatment between the two classes are equally wide, and this can be witness in every day life in any country. Today, we are judged based on the color of our skin, the size of our wallet, our work, our education, our socioeconomic status, our homes, and much more. Everyone has their story, their journey in life, and you probably could not begin to imagine what they have been through. A homeless man on the street could be a veteran or a victim of a horrific childhood, having no one to care for him, thus living on the street could be his only option. An immigrant who is serving you, in one way or another, risked everything to come to your country for a better future, leaving his loved ones behind and not being able to see them for months or years at a time. A taxi driver who is supporting his family the best he knows how could have been a banker months before or had some corporate job, but got laid off due to company’s economic reasons. A waitress serving you probably has a PhD but in this unfortunate job market for PhD students, she is not able to land the job that she has hoped for. There are many examples of people who are not as fortunate as others, but who are still educated, who deserve your respect, attention, and kindness. Do not assume just because someone is making less than you that he or she did not try as hard as you did. Their journey might have been different from yours and the life they are pursuing is the best that they can do at the time. At any given moment, any of us who are more fortunate could be in that same situation, driving a taxicab or cutting someone’s grass to earn a living. You must always be kind to all, regardless of where they are financially compare to you. Rich can be poor and poor can become rich, so do not be rude to people because you never know where that person will be or what they will achieve in the future. Treat people equally regardless of their color or their nationality or religion, we are all human. Whatever religion you follow or whatever higher power(s) you believe in, I am sure it practices equality and good treatment of your fellow human being. Whatever you put out into the world comes back to you in one way or another, remember that. Do unto others as you wish to be done unto you.
Things I am thankful for: living in a safe country, being able to sleep in peace at night, and waking up in the morning.
Advice of the Day: Be kind. No matter what race, gender, color, age, religion, social or economic status, a person might be, always to be kind to them. You do not know this person’s story, thus do not judge or assume. Be kind to all. After all it is the unkind people who need your kindness most because they are fighting a battle within them that others are not aware of.