I cried myself to sleep last night. The weight of the world got to me, and I crumbled. There’s so much anger out there. So much hostility and pain. Loads of unfairness and unanswered questions. I can’t explain it. I certainly can’t fix it. I can’t cure cancer. I can’t solve infertility. I can’t stop violence or child abuse. But there is one thing I can do. I can be kind. When I interact with the world, I can offer a smile. I can listen, not just with my ears but with my heart. I can make eye contact with those whom I’m interacting. Simple gestures that all stem from kindness.

When I hurt, kindness helps. It usually doesn’t clear up the problem, but it enables me to work through it. Our world is hurting. Kindness won’t fix everything…it won’t right the wrongs…but it might help to make another person’s hurt diminish, or at least a little more tolerable, so that healing may begin. More healing. Less hurting. Let’s all try to be a little kinder to one another. Please.

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