Kindness is the Only Come Back
Here’s my Open Letter response to whoever it is that left this note on my car window outside Doctor Phillips & Partner’s Surgery last week:
The truth is there was no other space left in the whole car park and I parked as best I could right in the centre of the space (something you actually neglected to do).
I am slightly confused however as to why you got so angry in your note – especially outside a doctor’s surgery. Fortunately my wife and I were there for a midwife appointment – but I wonder how you would have felt if your note ended up in the hands of someone who had just been told they were seriously ill, with only a few weeks left. Would it have been worth it then?
I’m not angry with you though… at least not anymore. I was angry at first, really angry, but then I realised that me being angry didn’t really help anything, in fact it made things worse.
Have you ever noticed how easily angered we get these days?
When did anger and suspicion become my default position? How come I jump to angry mode the second someone does anything that inconveniences me or upsets me – always assuming the worst in people and always getting defensive.
As a dad with two small boys and another child on the way I’m frightened for my children’s future… in fact I’m terrified… terrified of what hostility they might encounter.
But despite my fear, I’m convinced there’s only one way to respond to the anger that dominates our world, and that’s with kindness.
It’s only kindness that can melt hatred,
It’s only kindness that can turn an angry society around,
It’s only an act of kindness that can bring hope again,
Lord knows we’ve tried everything else…