Thursday, March 17, 2011

Saint Patrick's Day Message: Be kind

I'm making a bold but calculated move for today's post.

I'm not posting it.

I had a whole plan worked out for a really complicated St. Patrick's Day themed post about wearing green and good luck and the Irish Potato Famine and the fundamental attribution error and poverty and, as you can tell, it just got too overbearing and complicated.

I worked on it all week and have decided to table it. It actually felt a lot better once I started writing from the heart instead of forcing it.

So I'm saving you from that train wreck of a post in favor of a simpler and more concise idea:

Be kind and compassionate toward one another today.

Why today? Because today is St. Patrick's Day. Maybe you're not used to hearing something like that on Lá Fhéile Pádraig. Maybe it's more acceptable to say that on Christmas or Thanksgiving or World Kindness Day (November 13, BTW) but I'm telling it to you now, on St. Patty's Day.

And again, you probably ask why? Well, because all the work I was doing on the post-that-never-was got me to thinking a lot about luck. There's good luck and there's bad luck. There are many right now who have run into hard times in many ways on local, national, and global scales. On all levels there are unfortunate circumstances to be found and to be found in. Maybe you're the one in a tough position and maybe you're the one who can be a source of strength or service to someone in need.

This week I was going through some hard times with some deeply personal struggles and I prayed to God for strength. He lead me directly to this scripture:

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, "How can I help?" (Romans 15:1-2, The Message)

I was surprised at the message in this passage and at first questioned why God directed me there. It says strength is for service. I needed strength in the moment and found that I could find strength in service of others.

There will be times where I'm going to be the one needing help and other moments where I can give help. Either way, I want to continually be mindful of others first and the areas where I can serve them with compassion.

So today, while you're sporting your green and I'm sipping my peppermint flavored coffee, look for an opportunity to serve someone that needs it.


Melodie said...

I'm glad you decided to scrap the other piece. I think it's always best to write for yourself first, unless your current gig happens to be technical writing, in which case, you should get a different gig. (Can you tell I hate technical writing?)

"the best thing about writing is that it will never let you down. it might let other people down but not you." ~ Charles Bukowski

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