“How would your life be different if….You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day….You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” – Steve Maraboli Life, the Truth,and Being Free
I will be 63 years old this year. I am a farrier and there are those days in which we have a lot of windshield time which leads to too much time to think. Then it becomes a…………….thinking problem. That is exactly what happened to me.
As I rolled down the highway listening to the whine of my tires on the highway and Don’t Stop Believing playing on the radio my mind began a journey back to the 70s. Times were much different then I thought. Life’s pace seemed slower, neighbors actually knew each other and families actually sat down around the table and ate and interacted with one another about the day’s events.
Yes there was bullying. Pink bellies were a common occurrence in high school. Young couples broke up and hearts were broken. Children said hurtful things to one another. There were different groups of students that were brought together because of their similarities of life’s philosophies.
I personally don’t feel people were as vicious toward one another as they are in today’s society. Social media was nonexistent. I don’t know if people have too much stress in their lives or if we have just evolved to who we are. What changed?
“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” – George Sand
I feel like everyone’s “kindness bucket” runneths low or is empty. Students now days have disagreements and declare war on each other. After school the war continues through the avenue social media. These attacks sometimes are so brutal that the victim commits suicide. All because people seem to have lost compassion, love and plain ole common sense a life was wasted. Who and what have we become? I don’t know if it is just me or maybe I am too paranoid. Is it just me? Do I expect too much out of people? There is a possibility I do.
There also seems to be a degree of rudeness that I don’t remember in the 70s. Maybe I have a bad memory. It doesn’t seem that young people value a life like we did.
In closing I ask that you work on the kindness and rudeness. If you have a neighbor you don’t know, go over and introduce yourself. Control your rudeness.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember to be kind to one another and share the love.