Do you remember Mary McKee? I do believe she was a gospel singer … so long ago. I particularly loved her song – Try a little kindness.
This beautiful song came to mind last night and got me thinking how we could all do with a little kindness. And majorly how showing a little kindness to that person next to us could make a whole lot of difference to our world.
Too many things happening all too fast – the constant bloodshed in the Northern of our country; regular news about violent murders whether is husbands killing wives or estranged boyfriends killings girlfriends; fathers killing sons; the heart breaking news of rape and then child abuse and then this mad desire for power.
We seem plagued with so many, too many problems.
You read stories of child abuse or wife battery and then you see the comments of fellow readers – self-absorbed and totally thoughtless.
It simply shows how judgmental we are. We hear of the pains and torments of others and seem incapable of feeling even mere pity. A child says her father had been abusing her and how quickly we all gather to judge and condemn the victim. So sad!
But it is just not the sheer malice we feel against our neighbour far from us, how about the thoughtless manner we treat our parents, brothers and sisters? The careless manner we treat friends and loved ones? Colleagues too?
You know, I do believe that the world can be a better place. It needn’t be so cold, so lonely. But only if we could try a little kindness.
A kind word. A compassionate thought. A sympathetic gesture. An understanding look. A second thought before we act in anger, malice.
When we remember that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, that is really our fellow man, one like us … maybe that could help foster kindness in our hearts.
I leave you today with a part of the lyrics of that song:
You got to try a little kindness
Show a little kindness
Shine the light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on narrow-minded streets.