Be Kind to Others

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

We should always be kind to others because we never know what people are going through.

Those words were uttered by one of my nephews during a recent conversation.

I responded with a resounding “Amen!” — affirming his truth — because I believe everyone can appreciate acts of kindness.

As I reflected on the conversation, I began to realize just how important his observation is, especially during the holiday season.

While the holiday season is considered a time of joy, laughter, love, and giving; it can be an exceptionally lonely and challenging time for many. In fact, depression and mental health issues often increase during the holiday season.

As you go through your daily life this holiday season (and throughout the year), remember that many people are experiencing difficulties – some are struggling financially, some are alone or lonely, some are consumed by the grief of losing loved ones. Remember that the season can be a harsh reminder of their lack of happiness, joy, laughter, love, and acceptance.

So, if you choose to do one thing this holiday season, I encourage you to be kind to others because you never know what a person is going through.

Posted in Associate Blog, News

7 responses to “Be Kind to Others

  1. Thank you for the reminder. You are so right that Christmas is very difficult for many people who are suffering and/or depressed. Kindness is important for everyone who can be tired and overwhelmed all year as well.

  2. Collette, you are so good. Thanks for such a simple,
    meaningful reflection. We need to think more of others
    and what they might possibly be going through.
    Thanks! Kathleen

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