This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s a good reminder that we need to be kind to others, because we never know what battles they’re facing.
Stephen Covey tells of an interesting experience that he had on a New York subway.
People were sitting quietly in the subway car, when a man entered with his noisy and rambunctious children.
The man sat down and closed his eyes as though he was oblivious to his rowdy children.
The once quiet subway car was now a place of disturbing chaos, and everyone except the father seemed to notice how the children were behaving.
Finally, Covey confronted the man about his children.
The man opened his eyes and evaluated the situation as if he were unaware of all that had transpired.
He then said, “Oh, you’re right. I guess I should do something about it.
We just came from the hospital where their mother died about an hour ago.
I don’t know what to think, and I guess they don’t know how to handle it either.”