Not long ago, this was a familiar sight “be kind rewind”. It was a reminder to return the video in the condition we found it and to show consideration to the next guy. If we happened to get a video that needed rewinding it was another frustration to add to our day. Videos are a thing of the past but perhaps there are other small ways we could care for each other.
I know an individual who was experiencing much heartache in his life. As he sat at a stoplight feeling alone and afraid, the people in the car next to him honked, smiled and waved. Years later he still remembers how that small act of acknowledgement helped. That’s the thing; we might never know how even a small gesture could make a big difference in someone’s life. Here in the upper Midwest we rally in times of need such as the sandbagging that has occurred in the last 2 decades and Sheltering Churches; I’m proud to be a part of that. But I’m suggesting we also bring our caring and kindness down to a daily one on one level.
Consider what the following might do: acknowledge the guy who looks down and out with a friendly good morning, hold the door open for the person behind you and wish them a good day, buy the individual in fatigues his sandwich, let the person in when the traffic is heavy , take care of the lost dog while you try to find the owner, etc….. Although we may never know how these acts of thoughtfulness might affect someone, I submit kindness and showing our humanity are never wrong. So in that spirit please consider this a gentle reminder to “be kind rewind”.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
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Beth Brantner: Counselor at Lost and Found, Special Advisor to reGROUP. Loves to kayak and garden. Has a therapy dog named Piper. Over 20 years helping youth, families, and individuals with life's struggles, especially around addictions and their fall-out. A licensed professional clinical counselor and addiction professional (ND).