When I heard Tim McGraw's new song "Humble and Kind," I was stopped at a red light and almost sat through the light when it turned green. It's simple lyrics are exactly what we need to hear in a world filled with selfies, political finger-pointing, and the ever-present search for acceptance.

Do we, as a society, understand the true meaning of these words? Or do we, as the song suggests in its lyrics, use them as a "pick-up line?" All of us, I believe, want to be humble and kind people. But hearing the song had me thinking about how often we offer platitudes to one another or on Facebook. We say things like, "I'm so sorry you're having a hard time," or "I will send good thoughts." A few minutes later, we are thinking or saying things that are not so flattering about someone. We aren't being as considerate or kind as we perhaps should be.

"Humble and Kind" was the last song Tim McGraw recorded for his Damn Country Music album. He said he wasn't sure he could do the song justice. I believe he did a masterful job, and I thank him for reminding us to be gentle with one another.

Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” Song Lyrics (Tasteofcountry.com):

“You know there’s a light that glows by the front door / Don’t forget the key’s under the mat / When childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind / Go to church ’cause your momma says to / Visit grandpa every chance that you can /
It won’t be wasted time / Always stay humble and kind.”

“Hold the door, say please, say thank you / Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie / I know you got mountains to climb but / Always stay humble and kind / When those dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you / When the work you put in is realized / Let yourself feel the pride but / Always stay humble and kind.”

“Don’t expect a free ride from no one / Don’t hold a grudge or a chip and here’s why / Bitterness keeps you from flyin’ / Always stay humble and kind / Know the difference between sleeping with someone / And sleeping with someone you love / “I love you” ain’t no pick up line so / Always stay humble and kind.”

“When it’s hot, eat a root beer popsicle / Shut off the AC and roll the windows down / Let that summer sun shine / Always stay humble and kind / Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you / When you get where you’re goin / Don’t forget turn back around / And help the next one in line / Always stay humble and kind.”



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