Today, I’ve been thinking about how extremely hard it is to be kind. It’s much more difficult than it seems. People are different; they come from diverse backgrounds and are exposed to upbringings unlike our own. And any time there are differences, there exists a breeding ground for potential conflict. This isn’t always bad, but it can be.

Every day, people give us reasons to dislike them: they take our parking spots, cut in line, speak cruel words, voice asinine opinions. And on occasion, we do the same things. So I’m going to ask for something from you. In response to the violence that we’ve been seeing, I’m going to ask for kindness. From now until December 31, 2012, I’d like you to commit to being kind to those around you whether they deserve it or not. Turn the other cheek, offer a smile when a fist works better, compliment instead of complain.

I just…I just don’t know what else to do to handle this. People were hurt. Not just today, but several times this year. And the only thing I can think of…is to be kind. Especially, ESPECIALLY, to those who don’t deserve it. This isn’t a solution. I don’t pretend to know what the solution is. But it’s the only thing I can think to do to combat hate.

If you are truly, honestly willing to make a commitment today to be kind for the next 17 days, then please leave a comment below or simply tell a friend, family member, God, your pet…anyone…that you’re going to do your very best for a little while. Do it for a loved one, for your community, for victims of hate. Do it for yourself.

I’m game if you are.