Be Nice: Not A Fancy Title, But Being Real

No, really be nice. We hear so many sentences with the word “nice” included, but we seem at times to forget the basics because of everyone’s busy schedule and due to life’s complexities. Yes, I understand things need to get done, but what about showing gratitude and being thankful for as much or as little we have?

The fact that we woke up this morning breathing and being able to feel the warmth of the sun on our face … we need to be grateful for that simple gift. And, in return pass it on. When you are on the elevator and someone walks in, greet them. Mean what you say, don’t hesitate no matter your stage or circumstance in life. A kind word or smile does make a difference. Whether an artist or a doctor, don’t try to be lost in your life’s whirlwind. Be there for others and show them you genuinely care. The world can be a lonely and cold place if most of us get bogged down with the humdrum daily regiment. At times people can use a helping hand, a smile, an encouraging word, a sympathetic ear. Allow a few minutes of your busy day to be set aside and offer it unconditionally to the people around you. Practice this every day and I promise your perspective about life will change.

The other day while walking in the city I saw in front of me an old friend. Both of us had lost touch a number of years ago. We connected and it was such a surprise and treat. We practically picked up where we left off all those years ago and it felt great. Of course, I could have changed direction before he saw me due to my busy schedule, and the fact that I was running a little late, but I didn’t and that’s my point. We should all try to be open with ourselves and open to others. You never know who is going to be there to talk to you and what opportunities you might have opened if you only say “hello”. Some great friendships have started or simple connections have been formed by just talking to someone while waiting for the train, the plane, or the elevator. People know if you’re sincere and nobody minds if you come across real and also be available to help if need be. Here’s to kindness!

How about staying in touch with a friend calling them out of the blue to see how they are doing? Kudos to those of you who already doing any of the above.

Posted: March 27, 2014

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