It’s hard to deny that our day-to-day lives go by pretty quickly. Sometimes I feel like a day passes with a blink of my eyes — whether it’s to my liking or distaste. And with all of the busyness of our daily routine, we sometimes feel like we’re putting on a balancing act or competing in an Olympic event. Maybe we have to get the kids to school, get to work on time, complete a task the boss wants by noon, walk the dog before he pees on the brand new carpet…the responsibilities can go on and on.
Accomplishing our tasks and goals is important. But, on my busiest days, I found that all the hustling and bustling makes me lose sight of opportunities to be empathetic and kind to those around me.
Like most of us, stress will never make me act hostile and throw my coffee in someone’s face. However, I do realize stress makes me forget to take the time and focus on being kind to others. Could I have turned around to help the delivery guy with the door? Why didn’t I take the moment to tell my co-worker I loved her new haircut?
Chances are that it won’t affect your life in the slightest if you get started on a task three minutes earlier. However, it will affect the lives of those around you if you spend those three minutes practicing kindness.