I work in an elementary school. On a regular basis, I see encouraging posters and helpful teachers reminding students to “be kind to one another.” It’s a very good lesson for children who are developing their own identities and struggle to get along with one another. How important it is to share, to speak respectfully to one another, and to choose to be nice! It is a lesson that every child needs to remember each day.
But what about adults? The idea of kindness doesn’t rank as highly for us once we graduate to the “real world.” As adults, we value truth and justice much higher, often throwing kindness to the wayside to achieve it. Who cares about being kind when injustice is rampant. We need to get angry and speak truth to power!
And that’s certainly true. To some extent. But to what extent? After watching Ted Lasso last weekend, I’ve been reflecting on my approach to life and the role that kindness must still play in it. Even if you haven’t seen the show, I think that this is a message that everyone needs to hear.