i can afford to get preachy this week, because i turned a year older.
so, be kind!
to your parents,
your significant other,
your family, your friends, the folks around you, to your dog and stray dogs and all the animals, to whoever you can. and most importantly
Be kind to yourself!
And while I think Bezos is a kook, his grandpa certainly was not.
My grandfather was a highly intelligent, quiet man. He had never said a harsh word to me, and maybe this was to be the first time? Or maybe he would ask that I get back in the car and apologize to my grandmother. I had no experience in this realm with my grandparents and no way to gauge what the consequences might be. We stopped beside the trailer. My grandfather looked at me, and after a bit of silence, he gently and calmly said, “Jeff, one day you’ll understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever.”
It’s harder to be kind than clever. So it’s no small thing I ask of you. Do a kind deed every day. Your life will be the better for it.