*****Let's kick this month off with a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye. Before you read it, just give a listen.
This part of the poem, in particular, speaks to me.
Excerpt from Kindness
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Read the poem in its entirety.
What does it mean to be kind?
Kindness's original meaning of kinship or sameness has stretched over time to encompass sentiments that today go by a wide variety of names—sympathy, generosity, altruism, benevolence, humanity, compassion, pity, empathy—and that in the past were known by other terms as well, notably philanthropia (love of mankind) and caritas (neighborly or brotherly love). The precise meanings of these words vary, but fundamentally they all denote what the Victorians called "open-heartedness," the sympathetic expansiveness linking self to other. – from On Kindness (2010), written by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor PicadorI believe we could all use a lot more kindness in our lives. Imagine how different our world would be if we were to embrace this simple "open-heartedness."
I'll leave you today with this parting shot.
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." - Amelia Earhart
Thank you for reading. I hope to see you here again tomorrow.