I read a Facebook status written by a young woman as she documented the loneliness and pain she experienced from childhood to adulthood. The reason? She looked distinctly different than others. As I read her story, I could feel her pain and I wondered how much of life she must have missed as a result of the ill will and deliberate isolation from others. And then I felt a sense of pride for her to finally be able to let it all out. I particularly like one of the comments from someone who stated that she wished she had been a better friend while in school with this young woman during their younger years. Decades have passed by and while we can’t undo the past or rewrite the lines of history attached to this story, it’s never too late to reach out and to show kindness and to admit that the bitterness you once displayed has become a thing of your past. We just never know what another person is enduring yet sometimes through our selfishness we add to their pile of hurt that they are already trying to get rid of.
I challenge you today to reflect upon a past incident where you actually hurt someone and to reach out and simply apologize. No long speech necessary – but let that person know that you have come to terms with what you did and help brighten another’s day.