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I want to say : it’s okay to be nice. Heck! It’s great to be nice!
Not everyone can write symphonies of sweeping music, neither does everyone care. Not everyone can donate millions of dollars, neither does everyone want it. Not everyone has life changing things to say, nor does everyone need to hear them.
No one can be witty all the time. Or wise. Not many of us will be called to do any of these things, anyway.
But the thing is - modern culture has made it uncool to be nice. To smile readily when we can. To think before we speak, even bite our tongue, before that harsh ‘truth’ escapes us. To take that deep breath before we react and give someone the peace of our piecemeal mind. To wait for someone else to cross. To hesitate before we finally label and stack someone into a simple category. To listen.
Not huge things! No one will get into the headlines for it, nor on the breaking news. Maybe not in anyone’s memory album either.
But being nice when we can be vile, being nice when the world has been vile, that’s like being the salt of the earth! And it’s much bigger than being cool. Than being someone who can dash off cheques twice a year.
To be nice, to be kind, is like being a little light. Saving someone a stumble. Not all the time but as often as we can. And to ourselves.
So let’s put nice before cool, people. Everyone needs it.
Austin Kleon (via quotes-shape-us)
“The real threat to reading isn’t the time we spend hanging out, it’s the time we spend online.”
Yes. Yes. Yes.