Why am I writing this post?
This is the first post I’ve written that mentions my work. I never thought I’d write something like this, I didn’t think there’d ever be a reason to. But today, the line was crossed for me. Working in retail is difficult at times and especially when it’s busy. Every staff member does their absolute best to make sure the business continues to run smoothly even during these periods. However, there are times when we can’t sit back and simply “take it” anymore. Most of our customers are fantastic, I will be honest and tell you that. Sadly, there are a few who tarnish that occasionally. For example, this afternoon I had a middle-aged man verbally abuse me (“filthy c***” & “f***ing bas**** to be exact) and it was appalling.
Never once have I been treat so horrifically by another person in my life. Instead of shaming this man, I’d rather spread more kindness than hatred. After the hatred I received today over something so trivial; I’d rather not spread more of that anger/hatred. It’s not in my nature to react that way. As hurt and threatened by this encounter as I was, I won’t let it ruin my good nature, and I won’t let it bring me down.
An Act of Kindness…
Later on a lady stopped by and asked if it was ok for her to sit down as she’d just been to physio and her back was crippling her. Instead of saying no and banishing her, I let her sit and in the mean-time brought her a free hot chocolate because she was having a hard enough day. I didn’t want it to become any worse for her. After that she profusely thanked me for my kindness, and I felt so much better knowing I’d brightened up another persons day by doing something so simple. By no means am I an angel, and nor will I ever claim to be.
There are plenty of others who display similar acts of kindness daily, and you’re honestly all amazing. I have been raised with the right morals that I’ve lived by my entire life. As the title of this post states, kindness costs nothing. A little can often go a long way. It’s true that you never know what another person is struggling with and sometimes, we as humans, need a little extra love to help us through the day.
There’s enough hatred circulating in this world to begin with and it’s about time people stopped adding to it. Please, spread love and kindness rather than hatred and abuse. The latter will never get you anywhere, and the older you get the more you’ll regret the things you said and did to people. Where is the point of bringing yourself and others down? Being a bully will get you nowhere; it’ll turn you into a monster. I’m certain that the majority of people were not raised in a manner that made make them so negative towards others. And even if you were, don’t become the person everyone else labelled you to become. You’re worth so much more than that.
The bottom line is that life is too short. We need to live in the moment. Spread as much love, kindness and happiness as we possibly can. At the same time, we need to defend ourselves when necessary with words because they will change people’s perspective during conflict; actions will not. Being physically abusive will only land you in further trouble; don’t stoop to that level. Also, don’t be verbally abusive; use your words to invoke thought and change rather than negativity. Every single one of you has a purpose in life; you’re all worth so much more than you could ever imagine. Live your life to the fullest, and in the meantime be the best you can be. I believe in all of you, and hope that your futures are filled with more joy, kindness and love than you know what to do with!
Thank you for your support thus far with the blog, and my best wishes to all of you in whatever you’re doing with your life at the moment. Everything will get better if it isn’t so great already.