droplets of kindness

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.”~ Aesop

one of my children spent last night and the early morning hours in the hospital emergency room: the hardworking docs trying to figure out what is causing the ailment, for us and so many others

a long night, this endless winter

just when I feel as if the terrible cold of a parent’s powerlessness will pull me under

…you, faraway friend, send your kind email

…you, blogging buddy, comment on my post

…you, cashier at the pharmacy, wish me a lovely day

…you, kind stranger, hold the door for me, making the effort not to let it slam shut in my fatigued face

it all matters

I T  A L L  M A T T E R S

reminding me, in the unforgettable words of Naomi Shihab Nye, “…how desolate the landscape can be/ between the regions of kindness/ How you ride and ride/thinking the bus will never stop…Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore….”

as I run my errands today, I pray for the parents and the children who, unlike us, did not get to go home from the emergency room, and for the ones who have no emergency room to aid them in the first place

I am more vigilant in finding opportunities to be kind–they abound, as you know– and more diligent in being kind

both the highly intentional, spontaneous acts of smiling at a stranger and chatting with the grocery clerk and the lady next to me in line, and the highly intentional, planned acts of checking in on a sick friend and buying a small bouquet for a new acquaintance from Ukraine

they are but tiny droplets, it’s true

but when I add them to yours and yours and yours, it helps fill the bucket

better to water the thirsting Universe


for you

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

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35 Responses to droplets of kindness

  1. Val Boyko says:

    Reblogged this on Find Your Middle Ground and commented:
    This is a poignant reminder of the power of small acts of kindness.

  2. viewpacific says:

    Very nice. Those little droplets can sustain many beautiful flowers.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Oh my goodness. I thought I replied to your kind comment weeks ago, but it appears in my “comments” page that I didn’t. My apologies!!! Thank you for taking the time to read this and offer your insight and support. Cheers!

  3. Deborah the Closet Monster says:

    Beautiful, and such inspiration!

  4. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    Simple smiles are magical. Good reminder.

  5. there is such a sense of powerless when our children are ill, no matter what the age. i hope whatever was wrong has been resolved Chloe and your child is on the mend. yes, ‘a long night, this endless winter’…a metaphor for life but as you so passionately write, it is the love and kindness that bridges the darkness, reminds us that there is a constant Sun just over the horizon no matter how long the night may be. Love and Hugs to you Chloe.

    • SirenaTales says:

      My dear MasterWho, It is indeed the love and kindness that bridge the darkness, reminding “us that there is a constant Sun just over the horizon no matter how long the night may be.” Such lovely poetry, my friend, thank you for this as well as your kind wishes and ongoing support. It was hearing from you the other night that first sparked this post–merci beaucoup. I hope you are doing well and I eagerly await your next work–verbal and visual. Love to you….

  6. Miranda Stone says:

    Chloe, I apologize for being late in commenting–I’m just now seeing this. I’m so sorry you and your family are going through this! I hope that your child is feeling much better now, and I can only imagine the agony you must feel as a parent when one of your children suffer. If you need someone to listen, please do not hesitate to reach out, my friend. E-mail me at any time, because I’m here for you. Your words here bring so much love and light to others, and even now, despite what you’re going through, your focus is on compassion for other people. We love you, Chloe. Please keep us posted on how you and your child are doing. Sending big hugs your way!

    • SirenaTales says:

      What a treasure you are, Miranda! I am printing out your deeply heartwarming comment. Thank you for this wonderful gift of your friendship-you have illuminated many dark moments these past months, and I am truly grateful. We are hanging in there…I may take you up on your generous offer of email. In the meantime, your positive energy has boosted me again–THANK YOU. Love and hugs to you

      • Miranda Stone says:

        Please know that I’m thinking of you and sending lots of love your way, Chloe!

  7. Precious, Chloe. I hope everyone’s okay. How beautiful and wise of you to think of those less fortunate. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    • SirenaTales says:

      It’s always so lovely to see you’ve come by, Diana. Thank you for that, as well as for the kind wishes and support. Things finally seem to be improving, after many weeks **huge sigh**. On another note–congratulations to you on the strong success of your blog! Shine on, my eloquent, thoughtful friend. xo

  8. bert0001 says:

    hope everything is fine. and hugs

  9. t h i n g s + f l e s h says:

    kind: i can’t imagine you any other way, it feels impossible. tony

  10. surprisebjg says:

    This is very true every single tiny act of kindness changes big things! So lovely post.

  11. Theresa says:

    Beautiful post on the importance of family, health, and the power of kindness. You matter, too… Blessings.

  12. Pam says:

    I haven’t been keeping up as much as usual, but I saw this today, and wanted to thank you for your compassionate message.

  13. Uzoma says:

    Oh I wish I had read this earlier so as to join immediately in saying prayers for your dear child. But please know that as I write my spirit wishes you, your child, and the rest of your family the strength to pull through. May recovery and healing come like the dew. I look forward to good news at your end because I believe it shall be well.

    Yes, we all need kindness. For me, it’s those little gestures that always make the difference, acts like the ones you mentioned. May you and your family continue to find favour and love.


    • SirenaTales says:

      Thank you so much, my friend, for your ongoing support and friendship. They, and you, mean so much to me. I hope you are continuing well on your healing path. Love to you…

  14. Wow, what a beautiful post, Chloe… Thank you! So glad it turned out well for your family x

    • SirenaTales says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Michele. It has been a long, long winter, making friendship like yours shine even more brightly. Hope all is well with you and yours. Xo

  15. ST, I think you are an angel. Seriously. The way the heavy situation sparked kindness towards others is truly the work of an angel. I hope your child is doing well. I’m here — if you need a friend. xoxo

    • SirenaTales says:

      TT, I cherish you and am grateful for your loyal and generous support. Truly. I have been thinking of you-hoping the journey is going well. Will email soon. Thank you, thank you. Xoxo

  16. Eileen says:

    ahhh lovely post and very timely…..particularly the daffodils…..my personal sign of hope….thank you. and thank you for your kind comments on my blog. So happy we have connected.

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