Quote of the Week

“A person who is nice to you but is not nice to the waiter is not a nice person”

I was a little torn with this quote, because I hate to be teaching that there are “not nice people” out there. Because, I think fundamentally, people are good. Sometimes their good is just buried. Really deep. But I do want to teach about “finding the good in everyone.”

However, I felt like it was the right quote for my kids this week.

As they are getting older, they are encountering more people, making new friends, and having different experiences.

Truth be told, they will bump into some “not so nice people”. I do want them to seek out the good in all people. However, I want them to surround themselves with great people. Sometimes, it takes a little effort to see if someone is “great”.

Just because someone is kind to one person, or even kind to you – doesn’t tell the whole tale. The biggest test in kindness, is how they are with a whole bunch of people. It’s easy to be nice to your “best friend”, but how do they treat the “unpopular kid”, their brother, their neighbor, the old man in the grocery store, their ex, and even their waiter?

THAT is the true test.

As parents, it’s a big test for us too, because our children our learning how to treat others by watching how we treat others. So we better make sure we treat that waiter right.


Quote of the Week — 4 Comments

  1. Fantastic post. I wish I felt like all people were essentially good…I actually do feel like there are pretty not nice people in this world, but I try to teach my children to treat everyone with kindness. Love this.-The Dose Girls

  2. Such wisdom. If someone doesn’t thank me when I hold the door open for them, I literally turn bright red and yell back, “You’re welcome!” I can’t do that in front of my kids. When someone is rude, and it happens occasionally, my daughter may ask me why. Instead of saying that it’s because the person is a (swear word), I tend to say, “Probably..they’re not having a very good day. Good thing we smiled at them!”

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