It's a shame really. Personally, I don't expect much of people. I have found that not only do most people not do what they say they are going to do, but they rarely even do what they should do. People don't even give the bare minimum anymore. I mean, when I'm walking into a store and someone holds the door for me, I'm shocked. Not that I expect random strangers to open doors for me......but I expect them NOT TO. And I think that's sad.
I don't want to believe that the world is full of jerks. I try to believe that people are just busy and don't stop to think about others. I know life has gotten harder. People are cramming in more work hours just to get by. I try to keep this in mind when I encounter rudeness. It can be difficult though, because as a general rule, people tend to let me down. I've gotten used to expecting very little from people.
Saturday morning we got an email from the gal who last weekend had given us all the great Freecycle items. So Jay went over to her house after work and came back with a trunk full of paper supplies, collage items, and just various vintage fun stuff. I thought it was incredibly nice that, instead of going through Freecycle, she emailed us directly to give us first dibs on it. This was one of those small nice acts that I'm amazed by.
Without a doubt, the most interesting thing to come from the boxes is this:Grass. A card game about dealing marijuana. I've never seen anything like this before in my life. Jay and I are definitely going to have to play this.
Another high point of my weekend was that Jay was nice enough to paint my sewing desk for me.The eagle-eyed among you will notice that this is the desk I picked up off the side of the road. Jay did a great job painting it and it really adds something to my front room. Since the desk was free and the paint was leftover, this entire project didn't cost a dime. Yay for free stuff.
I think this week I'm going to make a conscious effort to be a bit kinder to people and hopefully it will stick. I don't want kindness to continue being an afterthought. Plus, maybe the kindness will spread.