posted on 03.19/filed under Uncategorized

From the looks of it, 2021 is not very different from 2020. There are still face masks, COVID-19 cases and other types of chaos such as state-wide power outages. However, when there is nothing else to do but to look up and be positive, kindness is what allows us to keep going. If there is one thing I have noticed which has been present in both of these years is kindness and it has prevailed. People are supporting each other because it is so needed. It is almost impossible to endure such hardships alone. More often than not, someone out there is struggling with something and sometimes those problems are known. Sometimes they are not. It is because of that uncertainty, it is important to always be kind and lend a helping hand in whatever way possible we can. Unknowingly, one act of kindness can make someone’s entire day or week, even their year. During the power outages in Texas, I saw so many people on social media offering their house so someone would take a shower, use their Internet, and make a hot meal. I know business owners who took time off their day to offer free meals to hundreds for days. People all over the Rio Grande Valley rushed to South Padre Island to help thousands of cold-stunned sea turtles. It is in those moments when I personally have faith and hope in humanity. Yet, it is not necessary for the world to be falling apart to want to lend a helping hand or be kind. Let this be a lesson for all of us to be reminded to help others every-time we can. To offer an ear when a friend needs for us to listen to them, to call the people we love and remind them how much they mean to us. So many people have lost their loved ones to this pandemic and I am sure what they miss the most is being able to give them a hug or a kiss. At the end of the day, a fight or a grudge will not be what you remember from someone you care about. Also, there is no telling of who has lost a loved one recently or whether they are grieving inside. Being careful with our words can be easy to forget but should not be. We truly never know what happens behind closed doors, a simple smile or a good morning or a thank you can make a huge difference. I think it is important for people to be reminded of that every time we feel road rage creeping in, when we want to shout, or pick a fight. Choose your battles wisely, it is not always worth stressing over or fighting for. Kindness can really make a difference and unite more people than we think, let’s make that a priority.




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