April 16, 2008 Because of spring break I had time for an extra workout at Curves. As I positioned myself in the hip abductor (which always reminds me for all the world of the stirrups in the labor/delivery room), I glanced across at the announcement board. "Always be a little kinder than necessary" was written in the margin.
I tried to remember where I'd seen that quote before. Almost immediately it came to me. There's a mural on the side of a business on the east end of Lapeer. I watched it get painted, and I read about it in the newspaper. That was the caption on that mural, painted, as I recall, by clients receiving services through a mental health system.
Many people—myself included—who have weight issues, as well as the folks painting the mural, are in a position to understand the thrust of that wonderful little saying. We've felt the stares of others who have no way of knowing our feelings. As a matter of fact, we don't any of us know what another human is going through at any given moment, and this was just a quick little reminder that it really isn't any harder to throw in a little extra kindness than to walk through life doing only what is necessary to make it through.