I recently read a blog post on Huffington Post from a dad who thought that people on planes need to suck it up and just deal with it when a baby or toddler or child acts up on the flight. He thought that parents who make little goody bags to hand out to those around them (with candy and earplugs and a note of explanation) was too much to put on parents who are already stressed about flying with their kids.
I appreciate his point of view. Except I'd want him to shift it a bit. Because I think a lot of our culture views the world with this "screw you" type of attitude. This... entitled... attitude.
"I'm entitled to a peaceful and quiet flight!"
"I'm entitled to not have people complain about my crying baby!"
What if we flip it around and find ways to skip the entitlement and seek out kindness?
"That poor mom with the kid having a meltdown in the middle of the store... I'll give her a kind smile to let her know I support her."
"My kid is being extra loud in this restaurant, I will take her outside to deal with this issue so we don't disturb the other customers."
What if we found ways to specifically show kindness and support of others instead of immediately judging and jumping to conclusions about the people around us?
Not only would other people feel better... but each of us would feel better, too. Trust me. Your insides will feel better when you are treating others with kindness, when you seek to show love through service. Your insides feel yucky when your thoughts and words are yucky.
What if we all started to expect kindness and understanding from others?
Sarcasm and pointed jabs and backhanded comments only seek to hurt others, to make a barbed point, to make Us seem bigger than Them. Kindness leave Us and Them feeling better.