Thursday, April 25, 2013

The poet Naomi Shahib Nye writes, "Before you can know what kindness really is/ you must lose things/ feel the future dissolve in a moment/ like salt in a weakened broth...then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore."

I love her poetry and this one appeared in my inbox today.  She is so spot on.  For years I have had a sticker on my laptop that says "kindness changes everything."  And I thought I knew what that meant.  But I didn't.  Not until the future dissolved in a moment.  And then kindness really did become everything. 

I have been saved by the kindness of others.  Those who know and love me, strangers, acquaintances.  Kindness has always brought me to tears.  I can handle mean, I can handle angry, I can handle stupid, but kindness does me in. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.  All of you.

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