Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Really. You just never know.
You never know when replying to an email is actually important, even though it doesn't seem like it to you. You never know how keenly someone awaits that reply, due to forces in their life you can't even imagine.
You never know when saying thank you is actually more than a platitude. You can not see the pile of rudeness and inconsideration left to weigh down someone's heart. You can only decide, in every encounter with every person throughout the day, what you want to leave in their heart.
You never know how much someone suffered during the war, how maybe everything hurts, how they are certain no one cares and it drives them literally crazy, and you never know this while you're selling them a gun.
You never know when stepping on a young man's foot hurts more than heel on toe because you're just one more person who doesn't see him. 32 children in the north of our country killed themselves this year. One was ten years old. Who aren't you seeing?
You never know how that moment you're too busy to say anything is the one moment someone really needed a word.
You never know why that woman is sitting alone. You never know why that man's laughing too loud. Or why she's committed the worst sin in the world - being overweight. Or why he hasn't got a job. Or why she looks tired. Or why he is aloof.
You never know when you are going to be the one thing that pushes someone over the edge or pulls them back.
Which one do you want to be?