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28 September 2018

Not a Waste

Please don’t, 
for even one second,
imagine that 

your act of kindness, 
your expression of gratitude, 
your smile, 

is wasted on someone, 
or 
wasted on behalf of something you care about. 

For that is the death knell of kind action, 
of grateful feelings. 

Kindness 
and 
gratitude 
are not wastes 

of time, 
of effort, 
of heart. 

They are not “wasted” on people, 
even when the gesture is not reciprocated … 

perhaps especially if it is not returned in kind, 
especially if it is shunned …

For that is when—
and for whom—
the tenderness is especially needed.



(Originally posted Sept 2017)

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