One thing I’ve learned as I go along in this life, is that we’re living a story. Our lives tell a story. Whether we’re aware of it or not. We all have a story we are living. Our stories are different. Some are filled with great triumph, while others are filled with tears. We hear of how people in the past overcame their own fears, made grand discoveries, and conquered the world around them. They came, stayed, and then they left.
We learn from great history makers like Martin Luther King Jnr, who stood for what was right. Made his mark, lived his story. After a while he left. He is celebrated across the world. In another case, a while ago, I read a story that was trending on the inter-web of a young man whose life was ended (prematurely) when he was mob-lynched, after they caught him stealing. Angry residents from his village could not handle it anymore. On his eulogy, part of it read, he was born a certain year, went to primary and secondary school(s), after that stole for a while, till the day he was cornered and was lynched. It was that brief.
When God created us, He made us unique and very different from everyone else around us. We may have same likes and same values and be in same social gatherings, but I promise you we’re different. Very much different. And so is our story. I was sharing with a colleague, recently, as we spoke about some changes in our workplace. We hold the same positions, report to different managers, we play different roles. My friend told me how his life was at some point crumbled and was fighting just to keep things a float. Same case with my story, I have been there. Things almost went overboard. One thing that stood out for me, no matter how similar the struggles each of us had, how we responded to it is way different.
While thinking about this piece, I came across this quote, “We all have our own stories. We all have suffered. We all are a little broken and a little shattered inside. Every one of us has suffered heartbreaks and gone through failures.” The writer continues to say, “But no matter what we have gone through, it does not give us the right to disrespect or disregard others on the same journey. Respect others because you don’t know what battle they are fighting.” As human beings, we have this tendency of disregarding or showing others some disrespect, something I have seen it happen in actual life. It has happened to me as well, (I’m not immune to disappointment). A certain customer referred me to read Matthew 7, shared my lesson and response: 12, which states “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” As a golden rule in my interactions with people I know and even those I don’t know. For they too have their struggles; they have their story.
I want to ask you, if you’re treated, the way you treat others, will you be okay with it? Will you find life worth of living? Will you wake up to go to work? Well, I don’t know the answers you are having right now. If you can be anything in this world, please be kind. Be kind to the kids, to that stranger you meet along the way. For those of us with vehicles, be kind to other drivers. If this world was to be made a better place to live in, then we must show love and kindness to all. From Michael Jackson’s song “Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me, and the entire human race, there are people dying, if you care enough for the living, Make a better place for you and for me.” This will only be possible if we’re kind and shall love one another.
As I close, as you go about with your daily activities, with all you will meet along the way, be kind to them; for they too have a story, just like you.