Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Years Resolution: Be Nice to People

You may have noticed that I haven't shared a list of my own actual New Years resolutions yet.  And I'm not going to.  But I will tell you one of them and it is this:

Everybody I know is so busy.
Everybody is struggling with something at one time or another.
Everybody needs a pick-me-up now and again.
Everybody needs to be thanked for what they do.
Everybody needs to be reminded that they are wonderful.

The longer I blog, the more I feel this:
There are so, so many people in this world.
We're all trying our best.
But not one of us has it all figured out yet.

I make mistakes.  I choose my words poorly sometimes.  I'm too quick to judge.

But I want to make a conscious effort this year to really just be nice.
Because I don't know what good ever comes from being mean.
We do it on impulse, not on purpose.
The world doesn't grow because somebody said or did something mean.
It grows because somebody said or did something nice.

I want to be one of those people that sends a note just when someone needs it.
I want to be the first comment on somebody's post.
Or the 79th person to congratulate someone on something.
I want to help someone who's having a hard day know that they're not forgotten.

I want to send surprise packages.
Leave flowers on someone's doorstep.
Bring vegetables instead of cookies.
And cookies sometimes too.

There is so much good in this big world and I want to be a part of it.

There are so many people reaching out.
Regular people.
People that just need somebody to say something nice to them.
To brighten their day.
To remind them that Heavenly Father is watching over them.
I want to reach back.

Reach with me.

Will you?


Brittany said...

This is really beautiful, Katie! Thanks for reminding us all!

Sarah said...

I like this post and idea. Except for me being nice is easy but being kind takes more heart and effort, so I like to think of my goal as being kind to people.
I think it's really true that most people are trying to do their best and it's a lot easier to give the benefit of the doubt when you recognize that.

Kathy Haynie said...

You will never, ever regret being nice to someone. On the other hand...being mean? Lots of regrets. Atta girl. :)

Janine said...

I basically wrote about the same thing yesterday on my blog. I think this is such an important resolution. I wish everyone would implement it. I also wish it didn't have to be some people's resolution...rather a way of life.

jasmine said...

i pledge with you!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

I so agree with you. Not sure why I missed this post earlier...but it's a good one to read today. ;)