Kindness, Kindness, Kindness

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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.

IMG_0191I 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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Kindness, Kindness, Kindness

  1. Lorien says:

    I’m happy that you’re able to take this experience and be inspired to write about kindness…I’m just wondering how you’re feeling after being subjected to a verbal attack. Were you able to tell your friend how her words affected you? Hugs to you. No one ever deserves to be attacked. I hope that you are offered much kindness now and always.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Thanks so much for being here, Lorien. I am grateful for all of your support. Good question about letting my friend know. I haven’t yet, although I considered it…a lot. I may never, for a number of reasons. Wishes for kindness right back atcha! xxo

  2. Eileen says:

    Normally, I smile and am friendly and reasonably kind, but last week as I stood waiting at the deli counter in the grocery store, I was in physical pain. When a woman came up and simply ignored me and took my turn to give an order, I seethed. And as she sampled several items, I spoke up saying, “While she is sampling things, will you take my order, since I was here long before her.” The clerk apologized and switched immediately to taking my order. The other woman never looked at me, but said, “I’m trying to find something special for my husband’s birthday and I just didn’t see her.” Old lady that I am, I frequently feel invisible and resent it, so I snapped back. “Yes, you’re totally oblivious!” She took her samples and left. By the time I got home, I felt badly about being nasty. I’m oblivious frequently when I’m focused on finding something and a lot of times probably don’t notice that I am in someone’s way at a store. Maybe it’s okay to stand up for yourself, but it can be done kindly.

    • SirenaTales says:

      Dear Eileen, Very sorry to hear you have been in pain, my friend, and then suffering from someone else’s thoughtlessness. I appreciate the aspiration of your last sentence: both the advocating for one’s self and for kindness. Not always very easy to achieve. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and your wisdom and generosity of spirit. Sending big hugs your way….

  3. HI am so sorry that happened, but I love that you went right back to kindness.
    And love the Emereon quote!

  4. Sirena says:

    Reblogged this on Sirena Tales and commented:

    And, as I am ruminating over for my next post, kindness is infectious. Our gift of kindness just keeps on giving…and giving…and giving….

  5. Sorry she went off on you like that. Kindness is critical to our survival on this Earth.
    Be kind and hope the person will play it forward.
    Peace.

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