Daily Word: Don't Wait To Be Kind!!! (R.I.P. Chris Lighty)

AllHipHop Staff

Good morning my warriors of light!

As I type this Daily Word, it is being done with a heavy heart! Yesterday, as I finished a speaking engagement in South Carolina, I got a text message about the passing of Chris Lighty.

At first glance, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. As the story began to be confirmed, the first thing I thought was, "Oh my God, his kids just lost a father." As the day progressed, there
began to be an onslaught of condolences and kind words by friends, family, and well wishers. No one really knows what really happened and what was the true cause of this tragedy, but it was obvious that Chris was dealing with some personal issues.

I had the pleasure of meeting Chris several times, and even maintained a mentee/mentor relationship via e-mail, and I can say he was honest, direct, and straight to the point, but definitely had a good heart. As I read the kind words that everyone was sharing, I can only think to myself... "What if everyone said those words to him just a day before?" (Including myself.) Unfortunately, his personal issues were public, so the opportunity was there.

We must not take for granted the power of encouragement and being kind. No matter how strong someone looks, you never know what they are going through on the inside. Don't wait to be Kind! Take every opportunity to uplift and brighten someone's day. Life can be difficult at times, and a simple word of appreciation can go so far. Roses make good decorations after, but they have better use when people are alive! Again.... DO NOT WAIT TO BE KIND!! Give roses when people are still able to smell them! Rest In Power, Chris Lighty!! You will be missed!!

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” -Plato

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” -Mother Teresa

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” -Desmond Tutu

“If you can't be kind, at least be vague.” -Judith Martin

“The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?” -Arabian Proverb

“Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, and don't put up with people that are reckless with yours.” -Mary Schmich


Ash’Cash is a Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Financial Expert and the author of Mind Right, Money Right: 10 Laws of Financial Freedom. For more information, please visit his website, www.IamAshCash.com.