Kindness Is Always In Season

By: Megan Minutillo, Regular Contributor

She was so cruel, Ms. Min.

She said such awful things.

Mean things.

She said I didn't deserve to be alive.

She kept going.

And yet, as much as it hurts, I feel bad for her, because she feels the need to say such things.

Why must she be so cruel?

My students break my heart sometimes. They try to act so tough, so mature, so wise beyond their years - and then some torpedo will comes spiraling into their universe and crack their exterior.

And their eyes will brim with tears.

And they'll try to hold back the pain. The sadness. The hurt.

They'll try to remain tough. Strong. In tact.

And then they'll crumble if someone offers them a hug - collapsing into the arms that shelter, the ones that care, the people who strive to protect.

I worry about how we treat one another.

I worry about that a lot.

I see it when I tune into the news.

I see it when I watch the spirits of my students deflate.

People can be so mean.

Mean.

Just..downright cruel.

And it makes me want to home school my future children.

To protect them. To shelter them. To make sure their spirits stay unscathed and their hearts in tact.

Someone has to protect the younger generation, no? 

I mean, I'd venture to say we need more compassion and less thick skins. More empathy and sympathy and less criticism.

I'd venture to say we all need to remember how to love. 

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She was so cruel, Ms. Min.

She said such awful things.

Mean things.

She said I didn't deserve to be alive.

She kept going.

And yet, as much as it hurts, I feel bad for her, because she feels the need to say such things.

Why must she be so cruel?

Bullying. Taunting. Jeering. Hurting. Hating. Making fun of.

Bullying.

I don't know when it became commonplace to tear down our fellow man. I don't know when the sisterhood of support stopped. I don't know when hatred became fashionable.

I. Just. Don't. Know.

But here's what I do know - be kind.

Kindness, at least in my book, will never go out of style. 

Be a kind person, for kindness, in the long run, will never fail you.

And with that simple gesture - a smile, a hello, a thank you, a hug - you may be bringing more light into someone’s life than they have seen in a long time.

And that, dear readers, is a gift that money can never buy. That is something to hold onto. That is something to teach.

Cause when it comes down to it, there is plenty of negativity in this world. But the way I see it, well, we could all use more compassion - and not just during the holidays, but all the time.

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About Megan

Megan_Minutillo-Megan_Minutillo-0117.jpgMegan Minutillo is a playwright, director, and founder of the arts and education site, The Write Teacher(s). Her articles have appeared in HelloGiggles, So Worth Loving, I Am the Modern Career Girl, and Glass Heel. She is currently at work adapting her show, Ghosts in My Vodka, into a musical.

 

 

 

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