Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Signs

I read a powerful post today right here and you need to go and read it. (thanks to my friend Heather for sharing it!)

It made me think a lot. A lot a lot. About the assumptions I make about others. And the ones I wonder if people make about me. I have loved ones I'd love to hang a sign around that said "please be careful with me I'm struggling" and others.

I heard President Eyring say once that if think the people you meet are in trouble, 90% of the time you will be right.

From Melody's blog post...
"I think we should just try to imagine it………that when a friend is quiet…or not showing up to stuff she usually shows up to….or acting a little “off”….or a family member is wearing pajamas to the grocery store for weeks on end……or not answering the phone…..or the lawn is not mowed…whatever it is……….

IT IS A SIGN. It is not a sign that can be read in words and letters, but it is a sign that someone needs to be treated gently…that they need help….most of all, that they need love, understanding…and that they DEFINITELY DO NOT need to be judged.

Every time I think of this story….I want to be better…I want to do better, I don’t want any silent signs to go unread before my eyes or my heart…..I don’t want to make up my own answers to what must be going on…I don’t want to assume……….

Let’s be gentle with each other. Let’s read each other’s signs."

I think we could all give the world a little more kindness. What do you think?

8 comments:

Tanya and Colin said...

Thanks for sharing! So true!

Visible Voice said...

Awesome post! I definitely wish I could see the signs on people I love as well as put them on myself.

Brooke Snow said...

That is a great article :) I found it a week or so ago after watching the following video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlRK1vqcuvg&feature=player_embedded

I think they go hand in hand :)

Catherine Dabels said...

I absolutely believe we should be more gentle with each other and with our selves as well.

It's been a rough year but it's good to read about other's struggles as well to put things into perspective.

I could use perspective. I will be more grateful.

Thanks

Catherine Grace Life Photography said...

Loved reading your post. I used to follow Melody back in her scrapbook for CK days. She has amazing strength and wisdom. Thanks for posting this. :)

Kristin said...

well put!

Heather Moll said...

That post by Melody had me in tears the whole way. We are so hard on ourselves and on each other. This is the part that really hit me:

"WHAT IF we could all wear a sign that said what WE REALLY MEANT? What if we could go straight past the small talk……..or the masks…….and we could actually go straight to the heart of the matter…….what if our friends and family wore signs like this?"

Thanks for posting this and sharing your thoughts on it. Love you!

Abby said...

Amen!