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Everyone Has A Battle

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Personal Development Everyone Has A Battle

The Big Event...

Last night, we had a large family get-together at a local restaurant to celebrate our June birthdays.

Good food. Good conversation. Good times.

With such a large group to service, it's no wonder that our server seemed a little overwhelmed. He had a look of deep concentration on his face and attempted to make sure everyone had everything they needed. He tried to be polite, but it was evident that he was stressed out and a little distracted. 

The Observation...

During the course of the meal, there was the inevitable spill, and as he bent over to clean it up from the floor, I sensed that something wasn't quite right. I had already noticed a slight limp and as I watched the awkward way he moved down to the floor, I realized that the exasperated looks I had seen on his face may have had nothing to do with us at all.  

The Cupcake...

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A few minutes later, we were nearing the end of our evening and needed take out boxes. Thinking I would save him from a few steps, I immediately hopped up and headed towards the kitchen area. I spotted him coming out and told him what we needed. He dutifully ducked back into the kitchen and emerged a few minutes later with them.

He looked shocked when I smiled and said that I had a cupcake for him at our table. Up until that point, I'm not sure how nice customers had been to him that evening.

Then I quietly asked, "Are you all right?" 

He quickly stammered out his story. When he was a kid, he had been run over by a car and lost part of his foot. 

The Lesson...

Talk about the wind getting knocked out of a person! I immediately felt bad because I had previously assumed that he was just an overworked kid who really didn't want to be there on the weekend. 

He could have been out partying... he could have been with his friends... he could have played the pity card and looked for an easy way out in life...

But here he was instead... busting a hump on a Friday night... 

The Truth...

I'll be honest... a few years ago, I probably would have been annoyed and too wrapped up in my own problems and needs to even notice this young man's struggle.

But that's not what life is all about... we lose so much of our positive energy when we automatically jump to conclusions and don't take the time to recognize that someone else is having a struggle themselves. There are times when it's appropriate to give constructive feedback, but simply showing kindness and having compassion is generally a much better use of our energy. 

So the next time that someone honks at you, shoves in front of you in the grocery line, or does something else that you perceive as being rude, stop for a moment and breathe. 

Then remember that everyone on this planet has their own battle, say a little prayer for them, and find something better to do with your time than writing a Facebook rant. After all, choosing to focus on the positive things makes the world a little better place. :)

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KayeCee

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  • Angela on

    LOVE LOVE LOVE…thank you. we lose so much of our positive energy when we automatically jump to conclusions and don’t take the time to recognize that someone else is having a struggle themselves. There are times when it’s appropriate to give constructive feedback, but simply showing kindness and having compassion is generally a much better use of our energy.


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