Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Smallest Kindness

Have you ever had a really bad day? Week? Month? Year?

I'm in the middle of one of those.
And here's what I've learned: the smallest kindness means the world.

The words, "I'm so sorry" feels like a hug.  A kind word, email, text or phone call appears as the greatest gift anyone could ever give.

Kind hearts of dear friends reveal, while my world is undergoing a major shift, that compassion isn't dead (or even on vacation) but living and breathing through others kind enough to pay attention.

Simply put, that the smallest kindness changes everything.

When has a kindness influenced your life?

24 comments:

  1. Oh dear...I am sorry to hear that you are having one of those___...Be well!

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  2. Are you OK? (Obviously not.) Aww, Lisa... reading your words on this blog is always a kindness. Truly, it is. And yes, even though a kindness can make you cry, it can also be just the thing to help dry those tears. I hope you receive many kindnesses in the weeks and months and years to come and your world improves as quickly as possible.
    Hugs to you, dear Lisa.

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    1. Healing, healing everyday! :) Change is painful and exquisitely beautiful all at the same time...but it's still pain!
      Thank you (always) for your kind words and friendship, Cathy!

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  3. I remember someone helping me get on the right bus home and that was the kindest thing anyone has done for me. It's a shame I can't remember her name or her face, just that she smiles a lot.

    I hope you'll get through whatever you are going through quickly and painlessly.

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    1. Isn't it amazing you can still remember that small kindness? Those are the ones that bring me joy, even year after...
      xo, Lissa!

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  4. I have known *so many* kindnesses in hard times, I can only hope to pay a few of them forward throughout the rest of my life. Those kindnesses, however small, were what brought me back to the faith and knowledge that God is seen through my fellow humans, in a million tiny ways.

    Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers, and I will look for (non threatening, non stalkish) ways to let you know I care.

    xo

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    1. I will gladly have you as my stalker anytime you choose...please bring chocolate. :D You're a gem, Sher!

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  5. You were one of the first people in walla walla to show me real kindness...I only hope I have shown you half as much!

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  6. You were one of the first people in walla walla to show me real kindness...I only hope I have shown you half as much!

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  7. Your post reveals your heart. A heart such as this attracts kindness. There are times when the world around us seems to conspire to extinguish our faith and trust in humanity - and yet everything can change by one small act of unconditional love and friendship. I trust and pray you will have an abundance of this in your life as your journey continues. My very best wishes.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. I will treasure up your good wishes. Thank you so much for expressing them!!

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  8. Take care, Lisa! Hang in and hang on. :)

    It's amazing to me how something like a smile, a held door, or an acknowledgment of something nice you did for someone else reminds you that goodness and kindness are truly all around. It's just that sometimes they're hidden or we're too blinded by tears to see . . . but they're there. :)

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    1. Isn't that the truth? Just hang in and hang on, and pay attention to all of the beauty all of the time...:)

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  9. Madeline said what I would have written. Small kindness at horrible moments can change everything. Look for them, and they will be there.

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  10. Glad you're back here, Lisa dear :) xoxoxo

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  11. What a lovely description of small kindnesses. Thanks for sharing, and I hope it gets better.

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  12. The smallest kindnesses are usually the most genuine. I hope your troubles are short lived.

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    1. I think we are through the worst of it...xo, Annalisa!

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