So, every morning, I drive about a block away to drop Ellee off to her school. And every morning, I face the challenge of maneuvering through the drop off line. It’s a curvy and twisty area and most mornings, there’s a solid line of parked cars to the right side, leaving only a narrow path on the left side for cars to pass. It’s always a tricky game of trying to avoid the curb to the left and the cars to the right and all of the parents and kids that are getting in and out of said cars.
So yesterday morning, we were running a little late. So I was naturally already a little flustered and stressed trying to get Ellee to school on time. And when I went to enter the drop off line, I stopped short in front of a mom who was walking to her car. She politely waved me through, but when I attempted to avoid her and the cars to the right, I felt our car lift up on the curb and my face immediately went red. Because let’s face it. When you’re 34 years old, and you hit the curb, it’s just kind of embarrassing.
I sheepishly looked up to see that mom looking right at me. Fearing how foolish I looked, you can imagine my surprise and delight when this sweet mom offered out simple kindness.
She smiled, and waved it off, mouthing the words, “I do it all the time.”
And I tell this story, not because it’s the craziest story to ever happen. In all reality, it was simple and quick and not much of a big deal. But it was a simple act of kindness, that stuck with me throughout the day. I had done something silly, and was embarrassed, and when another mom saw, she was just kind. And it made a difference to me.
Lately, I’ve noticed when I look around, that it’s much easier to be critical than kind. It’s easier to judge, to look down on, to belittle. And with social media being so prevalent these days, it’s easy to see so much more of this negativity. But today, I’m advocating for kindness. Because kindness wins. Being the mom to show kindness to another mom, makes a difference. Being the kind of person that builds others up, instead of tearing down, is that God wants for us. Kindness is simple, but empowering. It’s easy to do, but hard for us to remember at times. So there’s a little encouragement for the day. Win today, with kindness because it will be good for you and good for those around you.