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.