We need to be gentle with each other right now.
This isn’t about walking on egg shells around others. Its about holding each other’s souls with compassion.
I was at the doctors office with one of my kids the other day. The woman checking out in front of me was working out a payment plan for her child’s medical bill. As she walked away she said “Pray that I get this job!”
She was upbeat, maybe for her daughters sake, maybe just because she is that resilient.
I immediately felt a mama bear instinct to wrap my arms around her and whisper it would be ok. I resisted the urge. Despite the fact that I believe my hugs are quite healing (#humblebrag), not everyone is open to a stranger’s hug.
I said a quick prayer that an angel would wrap her wings around this lady and give her the sense that she was loved and cared for.
The thought occurred to me later, though, that if I hadn’t known her circumstances I wouldn’t have necessarily felt that compassion. If she had cut me off in a parking lot or bumped into me by mistake, would I have been as gentle with her as I wanted to be in that moment?
Or what if she was simply standing in line in front of me, would I consider she might be up against it right now and could use a smile or a gentle word.
Probably most people we pass could use a big hug or a whispered “It’s going to be all right.”
And while we are at it, we could offer the same to ourselves.
What do you need right now?