Sunday, March 11, 2012
Try A Little Kindness
Today, I am going to be kind to myself and have a day of hopefully stress free tasks. I think most of us are kind to others but not very kind to ourselves. For some reason we think we have to be hard on ourselves in order to be the best we can be. Perhaps it's our Puritan roots coming home to roost but that kind of criticism is over rated. So I think I will indulge myself today by reading my Facebook friend, Richard Twillman's new book on my Kindle - Another Voyage - A Different Dream. I could use a different voyage than the one I've been on the last couple of days....
In thinking about Kindness this morning, I remembered something that happened to a friend of my daughters when they were going to the Art Institute in Seattle several years ago. She was a struggling student - a young woman struggling with her sense of self and her place in the world. Every morning as she was walking to school, there was a homeless man sitting in the same spot. Every morning he would smile at her and say "Good morning Beautiful" and she would smile back. When she had enough money she would buy him a coffee and he would always have something uplifting to say. One morning on her way to school, she saw two Police officers where her friend always sat and they were roughly handling his body - you see, he had died in the night. The girl rushed up to them with tears on her face and protested the rough handling of her friend. The police officer said "What does it matter to you - he was just some homeless guy!" and she said to him, "He was a person. He was a nice person, he deserves better than this!" but the officer shooed her away telling her to move on. Kindness Costs Nothing But Love Anyone can choose kindness. Anyone can choose to make a difference. Anyone at all.
Good Morning Beautiful - Have a wonderful Day!!