Around this time two years ago, a neighbor of mine was contemplating suicide. I didn’t know. How could I have known? Most people don’t run out in the street with a sign telling the world what they are planning to do. They just do it.
It’s tragic and should never happen, yet so many people follow that irreversible path each day. But if we don’t know that someone is thinking about it, then how can we stop them? Sometimes we can’t, but sometimes we can.
Sometimes all a person needs is to feel cared about. A single word of encouragement or maybe even a kind “hello” may be all a person needs to stop them from making such a horrible mistake.
Do you have a neighbor who has no family nearby? Invite them to dinner, buy them flowers or bake them a meal. Show kindness to them.
Do you know someone who is in need? Supply that need, even if it’s only a portion of it.
Do you know a single mother who is struggling? Offer to watch her kids for a few hours, so she can enjoy some much needed time to herself.
Do you know a child who is living in rough conditions at home? If possible, take them out for the day or buy them lunch. Most importantly, show them that they are not alone.
Showing kindness to others is not difficult, and we never know what kind of life altering impact our kindness may have on someone. People need to know that they are not alone; that there is a reason to live. So let us look outside of ourselves and look at the needs of others.