"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Whether this quotation was once spoken by Plato, Philo of Alexandria, or Ian Maclaren (no one really knows for sure), its message means more to us than ever this month. Believe it or not, some people who are going through rough times do not show it and continue to be nice and kind to everyone they encounter. Then there are those people on the opposite side of the spectrum who have no worries in the world and choose to live without love, kindness, or compassion. We strive everyday to be like the first because we believe this saying to be undeniably true.
Not to toot our own horns or anything of that sort, but we've noticed a surprising number of people who have appreciated our kindness ever since we moved into our new LA neighborhood last week.
At dinner on our first night in the new apartment, our waitress gave us a discount on our entire bill because she liked our smiles and thought we (as well as the lovely people we hang out with) were "nice." It's not so often niceness gets appreciated in the form of monetary discounts – usually these percentages off of the bill are left to those who either complain for good reason or complain just for the sake of complaining.
At our first trip to Lemonade, we met all of the employees and some even shook our hands to welcome us to the neighborhood. They told us to thank our parents for raising us well because they appreciated that we were polite, poised, and friendly. It doesn't take much to make someone smile or to make someone's day. To the lovely people at Lemonade, we said "please" and "thank you," and in return they complimented our character and gave us a complimentary double portion of Mac & Cheese.
So be kind, everyone. The world will thank you.