Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kindness Crusade

Have we become a nation of ill mannered beasts? When is it okay to get on a stage and steal someone else's thunder by being an obnoxious boor? I would like to see "Kanye" go head to head with one of his fellow rappers and pull a stunt like that...Taylor Swift won an award...it was her moment whether everyone agrees or not. I have even heard various stories of the outburst being staged...hmm. Is this just a cover up for bad behavior? South Carolina has been in the midst of a media feeding frenzy with Representative Wilson's outburst in Congress. It is rude to disrespect the office of the President. Representative Wilson APOLOGIZED to President Obama. Enough Said. Can we all move on with our lives now?

I hear children, yes children, using language that would make one's ears BLEED. Driving is an hazardous occupation at best with all the road rage. When did Please, Thank you and Excuse me become obsolete? When did it become okay to let a door shut in some one's face. Is common courtesy a thing of the distant past?

I started my own kindness rebellion (sounds like an oxymoron)...we have NO idea what is happening in any one's life on any given day...being a little gentler and kinder matters. I laugh and smile often...excessively often...I hold doors, return shopping carts, smile at frazzled people and speak to them even if someone yells at me or looks at me as if I have grown two heads.

Yes, I, too have my not so proud moments when I loose my temper and exhibit rudeness. Case in point...trying to pull into a parking lot of a local store and the person in front of you is clueless and the rear end of your car is in the street with oncoming traffic...as you are "fussing" and "carrying on" the person gets out of their car and apologizes for being lost...

I joke when I say something inappropriate such as..."did I say that out loud"? However it is really not a joke and society in general has lost the filter mechanism on communication. You do not need to SAY everything you are thinking.

The wicked witch of the West had a house dropped on her...let us not wait for a house to drop to be more aware of our language and actions. Kindness always matters. People are hurting everywhere...BE the answer to their prayers not the problem!

Join me and start your own personal Kindness Crusade!

13 comments:

beth said...

AMEN....your words were perfectly written and expressed and shared by many....well, me for sure !

Anita said...

Count me in! I'll try to stop cursing at everyone who walks by :) Just kidding...

Rosezilla said...

I'm in. We have to lead by example - it really does make a difference, too. My hubby just wrote a post, by the way, on civility in public debate - it is here if you care to read it.

http://neoherald.blogspot.com/2009/09/has-civility-ceased-to-function-in-our.html

MDW said...

Nice post. We need to learn that just because we disagree with someone does not give us the "right" to be mean and hateful. If we want to be heard, maybe we should learn to listen.

Hayden Tompkins said...

It's true, he was a bully because he knew he could get away with it. No way he would have done that to DMX or Jay-Z.

Unfortunately bullying doesn't always have a worldwide audience.

Jayne said...

Count me in! I have the little sign that you gave me for my birthday in the window of the beach house, and looking at it reminds to "Be the change you wish to be in the world."

Pippa said...

Oh, how inspiring, Connie!

I'm joining you! I do try to spread kindness in the world, but alas, I also often swear under my breath at the little frustrations and irritations of life.

Time to step it up a notch... let's BE the difference.

Relyn said...

You know, I teach a weekly etiquette lesson to my second graders. I've done it for nine years now and my fourth graders always said it was their favorite part of the week. It is amazing what children don't learn at home any more. I'm with you on this. I also think that a lot of the rudeness that is so prevalent today is based on the frenetic need to multitask. Just thinking....

thedailydish said...

Amen sister! Count me IN.

PS: I miissssssssed you!!

Se'Lah said...

Nice post Connie.

well written and the sentiments are shared by many.

mari said...

This is amazing!!! I totally agree. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

What a good idea, Connie.

Yolanda said...

I am with you on this one.I am glad you liked the quote.You know there is nothing better than fresh vegetable and good southern cooking.