"Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."
Today's quote isn't from a famous classic
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.
But back to literature: many of the best, most powerful stories ever written are about people who have wrestled with problems or illnesses that are invisible to others. This week I'm going to look at some of my favorite books about characters who have struggled to overcome their hidden demons.
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?
Renegade Thought of the Day: What are some types of "invisible battles" that people could be carrying around? (In case you're stuck, here's one).
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.
Bonus Video: the video posted below is, frankly, a little cheesy, but the concept of putting good karma out into the world by being someone's life vest is great!
Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"One of the most beautiful videos have ever seen.An act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion.Must share if you love it:)