Be kind to unkind people

Perhaps my sleep patterns have always been deranged but I feel as though they have gone completely loopy since the start of the pandemic. So, this morning with there being such beautiful sunshine, I decided I needed a proper walk to start the day.

I had intended to go onto the bridleway near the house and then turn back but it was exhilarating being outside. Now, I have been outside on many occasions, as this blog will attest, but it seems so long since I enjoyed a walk before work. So, my legs kept moving until I reached the village green and a parade of shops with a café, where I purchased a few goodies to take back home.

After ordering in the café, I went to sit on the edge of a planter outside. The spring flowers caught my eye first but I was then tickled by the message amongst the plants:

‘Be king to unkind people because they need it the most.’

What do you make of that?

The village green

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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16 Responses to Be kind to unkind people

  1. Great start to the day! I also went for a somewhat early walk today because rain is expected this afternoon.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    I planted out some indoor bulbs this morning- it was so nice to smell the earth.

  3. It is a sound message sometimes requiring considerable generosity

  4. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    There is wisdom in those words but it is hard to do

  5. I wonder who put the message there and why? It is a generous thought but I understand your anxiety about being taken for a ride. Glad you enjoyed your walk.

    • Helen says:

      Thank you! Yes, I wonder who put the message there and why as well. I imagine the message means we should try to be the better person rather than making ourselves into a doormat. (I once read an interesting book on how to deal with narcissists, which basically said this.)

  6. It’s a praiseworthy sentiment, but experience suggests that if you are kind to unkind people they will just carry on…

    • Helen says:

      Yes! I think the sentiment is more about preserving yourself. Ie get on with life rather than putting energy into being unkind (from wasting time thinking about revenge to spiteful thoughts). Might not be possible at first but I have found once I calm down about someone, I can for example feel sorry for them – makes it easier to move on….

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