CAUTION: RANT AHEAD!
I have been thinking about "compassion".... truly caring for your fellow man. I have seen this in action and more often I have witnessed the lack of it in more people these days. People in the Service industry are treated with little regard by those that believe they are entitled to be treated like they are members of Royalty with some unknown status of righteousness. I just wish more people would act like they cared for more people than they do themselves. People that work in Restaurants, Retail Outlets, Hospital's and the like are there to Serve you to the best of their abilities and receive a massive dose of misuse and abuse daily and I believe they should be honored for their efforts more often instead of being belittled and snapped at. If a store doesn't carry something and the staff has tried to locate it to the best of their abilities don't jump down their throat because you want something to magically appear; have a little understanding for the wait staff who stay on their feet for hours on end in a hot and humid environment and understand that they are working in places where payroll is cut to a minimum to save the company money and that they are stressed to the max because they are doing the work of 3 or more people. Don't enter a place of business with a chip on your shoulder looking for the negative so you have the opportunity to snap at the staff - look more for the positive.
It only takes one act of true kindness and understanding to make someone's situation seem so much better. So I'm going to try to do my best to do more Random Act's of Kindness to uplift my fellow man and not tear them down. In times like these when so very many people are struggling to just get by I believe more people should do more to make even a few moments here and there a little better for them. We've been fortunate to have the love and compassion of family to help us through our ordeal but there are people that don't have that and a random act of kindness from a stranger can do so much for them. So as much as we appreciate what we have and the support we have been given I would encourage more people to appreciate the strangers in their lives that may be going through a rough spot themselves and need uplifting so they don't give up "hope" - it's a terrible thing to feel there is no hope for better times.