Today, I want to share two heartfelt experiences that have impacted my perspective on the need to be kind and less judgmental in our society. I also have some tips to help others when they are struggling.
The Lesson from a Volunteer Firefighter
First, as some may know, my husband is a volunteer firefighter in our small community. He serves as an EMT and firefighter in our rural area.
He responded to three distressing calls, a semi-truck rollover, and two emergency medical situations early this morning before heading off to his full-time work. For privacy’s sake, he can tell me the nature of the call but little else. I actually get more details from social media- often before he gets home. Ha!
He regularly sees people at stressful times and sometimes on their worst days as they lose a loved one. (Note: If any of our children ever choose to ride a motorcycle, it will worry him to no end as he’s witnessed too many motorcycle accident fatalities.)
Witnessing people during their most vulnerable moments has taught us a valuable lesson: everyone is fighting their own battles. We may not always know the extent of their struggles, but kindness and empathy can make a world of difference.
Be Kind and Compassionate: A Ripple Effect of Positivity
In a fast-paced world where we often rush through our days, it’s easy to forget that everyone we encounter carries burdens.
Henry B. Eyring once shared an insight that caught my attention. As a young leader, his trainer told him, “When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.” Eyring continued, “Not only was he right, but I have learned over the years that he was too low in his estimate.”
If we could glimpse into other’s hearts and understand their challenges, we would treat them with more compassion, empathy, and less judgment. Our capacity for empathy allows us to connect on a human level, transcending our differences and fostering a sense of unity. The simple act to be kind can create a ripple effect of positivity, making the world a brighter place for all.
Supporting a Friend Through Tough Times
Second, I recently had the privilege of supporting a friend going through a challenging trial. After a particularly rough day for her, we spent over an hour on the phone. I listened with a caring heart and encouraged her to complete some things on her overwhelming to-do list.
This helped her feel better, but she asked me what to do in the future when she feels like climbing in a hole and not coming out. Haven’t we all had days like that?
Together, we compiled coping strategies for when life’s burdens become overwhelming.
Tips to Beat the Blues: Coping Strategies for Overwhelming Moments
Here are some tips we came up with:
🏡 Get out of the house (put on a bra 😆)
🚶♀️ Go on a walk
🎶 Listen to uplifting music
📖 Read/listen to an encouraging book or podcast
🚿 Shower (& Cry)
📱 Call a friend
☀️ Sit in the Sun
🍊 Diffuse Citrus oils
💓 Body language- head up, arms up and out
😃 Smile- even if it is forced
⏰ Set a timer for 15 minutes and do something on your list, then set a timer to take a break for 15 minutes, repeat
7 Hopeful Tips to Get Through a Difficult Time
I was honored to speak about navigating through tough times at an event a couple of years ago. As a result, I prepared a helpful video and guidebook. If you or someone in your circle of influence could use some uplifting insights, feel free to access it here.
Together We are Stronger
Knowing we are not alone on this journey is vital in times of struggle. Let’s make a conscious effort to be kind and uplift one another whenever we can.
Please share this post with your friends, family, and co-workers. Together, we can build a support network, creating a world where kindness and empathy prevail. Remember, each small act of kindness can create a ripple effect of positivity and has the power to transform lives.
Wishing you a wonderful day and the strength to overcome any challenges that come your way!