Quote of the Month – August 2014

This month, a friend of mine, who is a Stage Manager/ Actor/Writer/Awesome Person, will be performing a play she wrote at the Fringe Festival and I’m very much looking forward to going. So, in honour of that, I’ve chosen a quote from William Shakespeare:

How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world.

I witnessed a small bit of brightness due to the kindness of people just the other day.

A couple with a small child were in the process of buying a vehicle. The agent at the dealership knowingly set them up to pay more than they should have and they were understandably upset. The mother was the loudest in her displeasure and when her child asked to go for ice cream after, she replied with “we can’t afford ice cream!” This, of course, sent the child to tears.

As I sat there, watching this entire thing unfold, wondering how anyone, even when so angry, could say something like that to their child, knowing it would only cause them to cry, a random stranger gave the father a $20 bill and said “you’re having a bad day, go for ice cream.” The mother began to cry.

I would like to think that they went for ice cream and had a nice little family moment. That stranger didn’t have to give them anything. He could have just sat there, appalled at the way the mother was treating her child… like I did.

I was immediately struck by the juxtaposition.

We should all try to be a little more kind in our day to day lives.

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