Be Kind {FREE} Printable

This is a really hard post for me, and I must confess … I kept wondering over and over if publishing this is the right thing to do. I don’t want to anger anyone, but at the same time I think sometimes we all just need a reminder.

The past few weeks have been pretty rough around here. Some of you may have noticed that I closed my shop for a bit. My 91 year old Grandmother had a bad fall and was hospitalized. Because of this, I chose to close my shop for a few days so I could help my mother care for her and focus on whatever time we have left with her.

During this time, I received several angry emails from people who I had no contact with previously demanding that I reopen and how dare I close, though my shop announcement explained it all. I also received one with just a bunch of this:  “????????” when I wasn’t able to respond right away. (Seriously, if you really want to annoy someone a bunch of question marks with no text is the worst.) But thankfully, almost all of my clients and prospective clients were so sweet and understanding, and that was very much appreciated. But even though 98.9% of the communications were wonderful, it is those few nasty emails that really stick for some reason.

Just because people don’t always advertise what is going on or weighing on their minds doesn’t mean that they aren’t facing some sort of challenge that day. With online businesses I think people sometimes think there is someone there 24/7, and with social media being such a large part of our lives now, we often forget that we don’t know the full story or what is truly going on behind the scenes. Sometimes sick children or running errands prevents us from responding to an email right away. Or sometimes we just need to take a day off for some family time with those we love. We can’t all work 24/7, right?

Also we need to remember that sometimes really bad things happen that are beyond one’s control. So please be kind and patient. To someone who is facing an awful day or a bunch of stress in their lives, every bit of kindness counts, even if it is just a smile or a virtual hug.

Free 8x10" Printable

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  1. gail kleinman Martinez Ackerman says

    Don’t worry about the nasty people. Keep your head and spirit high.the world is made of many. Family’s the key! Kudos to you for doing the best thing! Hope grandma recovers quickly. I am middle aged and recently blacked out and fell face first. Long recovery! My sons were here for me and that’s all that matters!♥

    • Gretchen says

      Hi, Gail! Thank you for your kind words, and I am so happy your sons were there to help. Family is everything. Take care, and thank you!!!

  2. says

    Hugs Gretchen. It’s so true. I hope that things are looking up for your g’ma. On the upside, the nasty ones are the ones you probably don’t want to work with anyway. :(.

  3. Kaitlyn P says

    Hi Gretchen –
    I’m sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hope you are able to spend lots of time with her and your Mom, and you are able to lean on each other during this tough time. I’m sending some positive vibes your way, and hoping someone is cooking some good comfort food (or cupcakes) for you!!

  4. says

    Hello Gretchen–thanks for this! I followed a pin to your site and spent a little time getting to know you. All the very best to you as you enjoy your summer!

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