I think about kindness a lot. Kindness is redemptive, heartwarming, inspiring, infectious, transformative–whether we are its witness, donor or recipient. And we all know how a simple act of kindness can offer hope, light the way, save a life… or many lives.
Kindness is a radiant miracle.
As someone who practices kindness and has been blessed to receive and witness countless acts of kindness over the years, I appreciate the enormous, magical power it carries. But I get it now even more than I did a week ago.
I had been slogging through a rough day–the anniversary of my dad’s death and the anniversary of my late mom’s birthday. Yep–the same day.
Stumbling along, doing the best I could. So, when someone I had thought was a friend launched into an unprovoked and stinging verbal attack on me, I was not only shocked, but also flattened.
I am sure she had no idea of what my day was like. But do we ever really know what someone else is going through? I would say rarely, if ever.
I don’t even know if she would have changed her “tune” had she known. And in fact, I don’t know what was going on in her life at that point. Presumably, from her surprising, cruel behavior, she was involved in her own struggles.
Which gets me to my point. Not a new one, but one that never gets old: simply another pitch for kindness. For, as Ian Mclaren said: “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
I hope the magic of kindness and compassion are yours.
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart.“~Frank Warren
“…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….”~Naomi Shihab Nye
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”~Og Mandino