The other day I drove past a funeral procession and thought to myself that it was probably one of the saddest days that family would have to endure.
The same day I found myself getting irritated by someone driving slowly in front of me, and caught myself in the act.
I thought to myself that maybe the person driving slowly had just received bad news, or was heart broken, or sad, or needed to slow down because they felt unwell.
Where my immediate reaction had been one of impatience and irritability, with just one thought it was possible to turn that into a feeling of empathy and kindness, of patience and peace.
Everyone is experiencing this weird, wonderful, challenging and sometimes difficult thing called life. We don’t necessarily know the troublesome journey of people close to us, let alone complete strangers in the street.
What a difference it would make to each other if we chose to react with empathy and kindness. What a difference it would make to the world.