“Kind” isn’t the usual description for a rejection. It should be. Yesterday, I experienced two examples of rejections softened with kindness.
The personal example was a rejection delivered so kindly that I almost didn’t mind not getting the answer I preferred. He has power and was kind while using it, taking time to explain his opinion and urge me to keep trying. Of course I’m disappointed. I also felt empowered and encouraged.
The US election offered the second example. Ms. Clinton was kind and gracious in her concession. One hopes Mr. Trump would do the same to concede a loss.
Even if neither of yesterday’s decisions were my choice, conceding my loses with kindness feels healthier.
Much has been said and written about poor role models in the public realm: the accusations, rudeness, vitriol, and nastiness. Where can I vote to bring back language rooted in kindness as an antidote?