I just came across this post from a year ago. What I find so remarkable is that every bit of it is true today, despite "life" and the world being so utterly changed.
Kindness feels better than …
angrily debating right and wrong,
judging others’ “meanness,”
fearing a lack of reciprocity,
serving only oneself,
shutting out others,
holding a grudge,
carrying a burden of unspent love.
Kindness is soft.
Kindness is necessary – for others and for ourselves.
Kindness is needed, always, as an antidote to the fear of difference.
Kindness is a bottomless well. Or at least it can be replenished by nurturing, tending, loving the soul.
And kindness is very, very simple.
I have received great, unexpected, and unconditional kindnesses recently. (I might have offered a few small ones, as well.)
The kind that make a person weep.
The sort that evoke an immediate hug-response.
The type that rock the spirit right back to equanimity.
As the robin sings her morning lullaby and the moist, Earthy breeze crawls in my window to caress my heart, I am suddenly moved to indescribable elation. This is kindness – strong kindness - too.
(Originally posted in May 2019.)
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