How we should treat each other

A heavy story about how we treat people

I want to share something with you that might feel a little bit heavy. You may also wonder what it has to do with money.

The truth is, it doesn’t have anything to do with money. Not everything I share does.

In fact, this has to do with something more valuable than money, and that’s how we treat each other.

So let me tell you a story.

I found out the mother of one of my best friends had just died quite suddenly.

I called my friend.

Imagine this scene for a second: There I am, calling someone whose mother had just died.

He answered. He was crushed. We cried.

I’d known this woman for years.

She was amazing.

Life. Is. Heavy.

I couldn’t help but think about how odd the situation felt. We’re so often surrounded by strangers. And in that moment, no one had any idea what I was dealing with. I thought about the folks around me. Did they have a sick child or a friend in the hospital? Were they dealing with heavy stuff, too?

I was left with a bunch of grief and two big questions.

What burdens are all the people around me carrying? And how would I treat them differently if I knew?

In the moment, this was a very emotional experience. I wanted to treat everyone the way we all deserve to be treated. I wanted to give everybody room. I wanted to be more patient.

Unfortunately, that feeling of goodwill faded away quickly.

I don’t want it to fade away. I want to hold on to it.

How do we do that? How do we hold on to that feeling of goodwill?

I don’t know the answer… but I do think asking the question is a good start.

Here’s wishing goodwill to you.

Be Brave and Be Kind

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