Tuesday, January 26, 2010

No Microphone Required

Hello Optimists,

I always hear comments about "my generation" in that we don't value tradition or don't have as much respect toward others as they did in the past. I hear that we've lost the please and thank you's and that you should forget about anyone holding a door open for you or allowing you to jump ahead in line at the grocery store even when you're only grabbing a gallon of milk. I guess for some, this is true, but I don't think we're totally a lost cause. At least I'd like to think that anyway. I just believe that times have changed, and new times call for new behaviors. And let's face it, things are always changing....so the "kids" of today might even be the ones commenting on the rude behaviors of tomorrow's "kids". But in defense of my generation, I don't think that it's just us that have lost touch with the ways of tradition, I just think it's society as a whole that has moved on and adapted to the new world. So give us "kids" a break already! 

But, this got me thinking about the things that we valued back in the day, and where they've gone missing in today's world. I often hear that people today have lost their consideration for others and that kind words have gone out the window. Well, I don't think that's entirely true, but I get why some people might think that. So in an attempt to rid this new world of lost values and inconsideration, I thought I would feature this lovely quote today in hopes of doing just that...

Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. -Mother Theresa

So while we may believe that our future lies in the hands of some delinquents whose vocabulary consists only of four letter swear words, maybe we can spread the word about quotes like this that remind us just how important kindness can be. I think Mother Theresa was really speaking the truth here- though I would expect nothing less- because sometimes just the little things can make all the difference in the way people see us. Words and acts of kindness are always appreciated, and most importantly, remembered. You know how much it means to you when someone treats you kindly and you know that that leaves an impression on you about their character and personality. That impression, or endless echo, is the thing that can change the negative image of today's social values...and lucky for us, it's quite easy to do - no microphone required.

I think we should stop harping on those that are "ruining" society, and start demonstrating how easy it is for us to be kind. Making a great impression in this way can, and will, make a difference. So give it a try today and speak as many kind words as you can. I bet the echoes that come back to you will be in the form of others doing just the same.

Keep Smiling,
Optimal Optimist

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