Engage In Kindness

Engage In Kindness

Because, at the end of the day, you never know what demons people face.

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Last week, I was on the way home to celebrate one of my very best friend's wedding weekend when I got an email from my landlord that will forever alter the way that I engage in intentional conversations with people that I might usually not.

I was on FaceTime with my friend and was concentrated on only the road and my conversation with my friend.

A heard a ding on my phone, the kind that I knew rang when I got an email. I scanned over the notification at the top of my phone screen and the first word that caught my eye was, "suicide."

I furiously read over the email and began to realize that the reason that I was receiving this email was that the tenant next to my apartment had attempted to commit suicide earlier that afternoon and our landlord was informing me of this.

My heart shattered, and I mean SHATTERED... entirely fell onto my car floorboard amidst the conversation I was having with my friend.

My neighbor was someone that I saw every morning on my way to class, and someone that I would quite frequently run into either walking to my car or on the way to a friends house.

I always engaged in conversation with him, but after receiving that email, I began to pick my brain and wonder if I had ever participated in real kindness with him.

Had I shared a little piece of Heaven with him everytime we spoke? Did I talk intentionally to him, and not just because I felt awkward in passing?

While I believed that I was always "nice" to him in passing, I failed to engage in kindness towards him actively.

Luckily I was gone throughout the weekend following but came back to his apartment is empty, and my heart shattered all over again. The apartment felt dark, empty, and reeked of loneliness.

However, throughout this, I actively began to realize that no matter how close we are or are not to someone, we must always strive to bring Heaven down to Earth. What I saw of my neighbor every early morning was nothing but a fraction of himself and what demons he faced on the inside.

So, from now on, I have promised myself to always engage in kindness with the people I find myself passing every so often. Not just my close friends and family, but also those who I might find it hard to strike up a conversation with at times.

After all, when we actively love and show kindness and mercy towards each other, we subconsciously bring a little piece of Heaven to Earth.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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