KINDNESS IS A CHOICE
“You can be anything,” I told her. Our oldest daughter had asked whether she should be a soccer coach or a teacher when she grows up, and the truth is, at nine years old, pretty much nothing is off the table yet. She can be anything she wants. She has choices.
Of course, we all have choices. We make choices about what to eat, what to wear, what to do. We choose where to live and where to work. We literally make hundreds of choices every day.
Sometimes the choices are obvious - what to put on when we get out of bed in the morning. Sometimes they are more subtle - how to respond to the person who cut us off on the freeway, or how to handle that rude person at work. We still get a choice.
Kindness is a choice. Let’s be honest, it’s not always our first choice. Sometimes our first choice is something a little closer to... well, let’s not talk about that. But what if our first choice was to be kind? I think we might be surprised.
After all, you never know when your choice may change the entire direction of someone else’s day. You never know when your choice might be the unexpected thing that helps turn it around. Because, let’s be real, the world could use a little more kindness.
The world could use more people choosing to be kind to each other. In a world where there is plenty of anger, bitterness, violence, hatred and brokenness, the beautiful thing is that you and I can do something about it. You and I can be a part of making a little kindness happen, with just a simple choice.
That’s what I love about this sign. It’s a reminder that in a world of choices - a world of opportunities, there’s one choice that costs me almost nothing, but changes everything.