By: Luana Mattos, Guest Blogger
“I am practicing being kind over being right.” ― Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook
This quote from The Silver Linings Playbook is one of my favorite quotes of all time, simply because this is so wise and true. I mean, how many times did you see people trying to raise their voices just to prove they are right about something? Only to show they know best? We see this on a daily basis on social networks. Whether it's about how the #icebucketchallenge is wasting liters of water while people in Africa are thirsting to death, or who is to blame for the leak of celebrities’ private photos.
Everyone wants to have the final say and no one wants to listen, and where is that taking us? To a word war. Although it sounds better than a real war with guns and missiles, I am concerned about how much damage these mean words can cause on people's lives. In order to prove their points people are being extremely unkind to one another.
Everyone has an opinion to share, and that’s okay! We don't have to agree with everyone about everything but we do have to respect someone else's opinion. I am not saying that we should be quiet when we see something totally wrong gaining power over the internet, what I am saying is, use your voice wisely. Choose your words well, think before you tweet, and foremost, be kind.
There's a known saying in Brazil that states, “Kindness begets kindness.” If you are kind to people they will, eventually, be kind to you too. My eyes have seen what kindness can do, it can save lives, it can change you, and it can also turn a bully into a loyal friend. In my opinion, we would be more successful in our fight against bullying if instead of insulting them back, we were nice to them and brave enough to ask why they are attacking us. Because sometimes the bullies are also the victims--victims of their own insecurity, that's why they need to put people down to feel better about themselves.
So, since everyone seems to love some challenge, I challenge you to practice being kind over being right and the outcomes will speak for themselves.
Kindness rocks! Give Luana's challenge a try and cultivate an attitude of kindness wherever you go. Tell us about it here!
Luana is Christian girl whose faith inspires her to be the best version of herself every day. Besides her work as an administrative supervisor, she is a freelance journalist and writes a column about real life experiences, focusing on topics relevant to social projects, volunteer work, and awareness campaigns for the Brazilian website www.hollywoodeaqui.com. She also had the opportunity to interview Nicholas Sparks, Wm. Paul Young and L. J. Smith.
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