Do you ever feel like you are always rushing around and people or things that slow you down become an irritation? What if those people or things actually help us to pause, take notice and even enjoy the moment rather than being swallowed up in the ratrace of life? As Jaime Thurston says, we need to be understanding of people at different life stages to us:
‘We are all at different stages of the same journey, and we’re all in it together.’ Jaime Thurston, Kindness: the little thing that matters most.
Sometimes we need to stop and remember what it was like to be a teenager when the world was so confusing and yet our opinions were black and white. Or perhaps we need to imagine what it might be like for an older person longing for a chat, but seeing everyone around them too busy to stop. It’s about putting yourself in other people’s shoes and considering how they might be feeling. If we take just a second to do this, we can be more understanding and perhaps take notice of the important things in life.
This Sunday we celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’ in the UK, a perfect time to remember where you came from, take notice, appreciate and express love. Take a second to imagine where you are going and consider how you would like to be treated by your loved ones when you are your mum’s age. Perhaps the many things we are busy with are not so important after all and we can make a little time to consider the world from another person’s perspective.