Ellen DeGeneres says “Be kind to one another” at the end of her show every day. I’m not sure if people are actually listening to her, because I see people being mean every damn day.
What irritates me the most is when I see adults being mean to children, and they are perfect strangers. I have seen adults who have bully children, and instead of teaching their child to not be a bully, they are encouraging it and are also bullying the children their children are bullying. How would they feel if they were on the other end of that? I’m sure they wouldn’t like it, but I have a feeling that they are like that because they were also bullied, and they probably think that they will get bullied more if they show weakness by being nice.
Don’t take being nice for weakness. I make it a point to smile at every person I pass no matter where I am. I could be in the gym walking on the treadmill and someone walks by and makes eye contact with me, I’ll smile and they usually smile back. Or I might be riding my bicycle on the way to the store and someone is walking on the sidewalk and I smile at them. A smile doesn’t cost anything, well, maybe a few more wrinkles. I’d gladly have more wrinkles if it means I made someone else smile.
Being nice to other people doesn’t just make me feel good, it makes them feel good that someone was nice to them. I mean think about it. There might be someone who has just had the day from hell, and what if they were about to go home and just swallow a bottle full of pills because everyone is mean to them and they just can’t catch a break. What if your smile is that one thing that made them feel good about themselves and made them stop and think that this world does have good people? Not only have you made someone smile, but you saved someone’s life. Maybe, who knows, but that’s the thing, you never know.
If you are constantly yelling at people for something stupid, something that they had no control over in the first place, what does that say about you? What are those sayings? “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” I’ve literally seen people yell and scream after spilling their drink. It’s a drink, clean it up and pour another one.
Have you ever rubbed your dogs nose in their own pee? Let me ask this, is your dog potty trained and yet they peed in the house? If the dog knows that they have to go outside, and yet they peed in the house anyway, is it really their fault? Did they tell you they had to go outside and you ignored them because you were watching your favorite show and didn’t want to miss anything? Just imagine that you are the dog. They don’t know what a show is, and they really don’t care because they are dogs. Dogs don’t have shows. If the dog says hey man, take me outside, and you tell them to wait, but they’ve already been holding it for a long time, is it really their fault? No, it’s your fault. So you can’t blame the dog, you only have yourself to blame.
All I’m saying is be nice to people and your pets. And being nice isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that you are a nice person.