"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
novel and no one's exactly sure who first
said it (Ancient Greek philosopher Plato?
Scottish preacher Ian Maclaren? We'll
leave that debate for the experts. . .). But
I chose it for this website for a few
reasons. First, it's a quote that seems to
resonate with a lot of people. For
instance, do you remember when the
comedian Robin Williams committed
suicide and it took everyone by surprise?
No one would have guessed that one of
the most successful and funny actors in America was facing a losing battle with depression, and many of his fans posted today's quote in response to his tragic death.
This quote is really helpful to remember in our own lives, too. Every day--in the hallways of school or on the street--we walk past people and they seem completely normal on the outside. If we ask how they are doing, they may even smile and say, "Fine." But how many of us have said the exact same thing to some one else when we really weren't feeling fine--when our worlds were on the verge of falling apart?
Why do you think people are so silent about their invisible problems if we all, as humans, have them?
Renegade Challenge of the Day: Ask--really, truly ask--someone how he or she is doing.