A New Perspective

I am a very weak person. I’m not talking about muscles, but I’m pretty weak in that area, too. There are just some days where all I can think about is how stupid my hair looks, how annoying some driver is, or how badly I just want to eat a freakin’ doughnut. Sometimes, I just want to shut myself in a room all day and watch “Pretty Little Liars” on Netflix, because people are outside, and people = social interactions. There are all sorts of problems I like to make up in order to stir nonexistent drama, because for some reason sometimes it feels “good” to be angry all day.

I just read an articles on the Huffington Post called, “How to Get Flat Abs, Have Amazing Sex and Rule the World in 8 Easy Steps.” I recommend you read this. Seriously.

I think sometimes we need to take a long walk (or watch the sunrise) and consider the tiny box we like to force ourselves into. Why do we feel so comfortable limiting ourselves? Maybe we just don’t know what it feels like to climb out of that box.

May I suggest one thing (for myself, but also for you), that would help us discover what lies beyond our Box of Sadness. The article harped on it, but I want to emphasize it for all to know:

Be kind.

There is a new show on Netflix created by Ricky Gervais called Derek. Derek works in a nursing home. He is lonely and not very book smart, but he cares so much about the old people in there. In the pilot episode, one of his favorite residents passes away. In reminiscing about her, he repeats,

“She said, “Kindness is magic, Derek, ‘cuz it’s more important to be kind than clever or good-looking.” I’m not clever or good-looking, but I’m kind.”

And maybe that is the key. Maybe I should stop worrying about how bad I think my hair looks and compliment somebody else’s hair. Maybe we should step outside our box for one minute and recognize somebody else who may be trapped in that box as well. And slowly, but surely, we will find ourselves in the process.

– Jayne


3 responses to “A New Perspective

  1. When you get to the end of your life, all the drama, hair, jobs, prestige, etc will not matter. What will really matter is how we treated other people. Be kind. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. It is one of the most important things we can do……and easy to do every day, multiple times. And everyone benefits.

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