Don’t ignore the suffering of others. Many people have it worse than you do. You feel like lashing out, so don’t be surprised when others do the same thing. Instead of meeting anger with anger, try to show compassion and kindness. Spread the love, instead of the anger and hate.
It’s easy to allow the mood of someone else to affect your own. Emotions are like a virus that can be spread from one person to the next. Before you know it, the anger and frustration has infected an entire community.
But all it takes to stop the spread is a little compassion, kindness and love. Touch someone’s shoulder and let them know you’re sorry they’re having a bad day. Tell them it’s going to be ok in the long run. Explain there are a lot of people in the same boat and we all need to pull together and help each other through the rough times.
If they share their woes with you, don’t judge their situation. Don’t give into their story either. You never really know what’s going on and you don’t want to be taken advantage of. But you can listen and offer suggestions for them to find help that they may not know about.
A kind word can be a powerful thing and it doesn’t take a lot to change someone’s life on a significant basis. You never what “little” thing you share that might instigate healing and provide the opportunity for a personal epiphany.
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