I enjoy "people-watching". There are many opportunities to observe folks going through what are often the most routine situations.....the grocery store line, the shopping mall, the airport, a restaurant, the doctor's office. My favorite is probably the airport. Where are they going? Is someone waiting anxiously to greet them? Are they coming or going to a joyful reunion or is their heart heavy as they travel to or from a painful experience? My observations are often fun....parents playing with and enjoying their children, friends laughing together, large families sitting down for a meal together, folks fidgeting or trying to stay awake while waiting for their name to be called. Sometimes, though, what I see and hear are reminders of the harshness of this world. Anger, inpatience, fear, negligence, tension, unkind words and actions.
This quote from Mr. Dickens gives, in very few words, a recipe for a softer and more gentle way of going about life. Good advice!
"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts."
~ Charles Dickens ~