Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Friday, May 18, 2018

be kind

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
                              Henry James

 “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
                              Desmond Tutu

Where did it go?
It must be hiding some place?

Perhaps it is under the desk in the White House
Or ensconced in some back row in Congress

Perhaps it is hiding behind the pulpit a church

Maybe, just maybe, there is a webpage someplace
Where it is to be abundantly found

But kindness seems to have left the building!

I find far too little of it left in my soul
Replaced instead by outrage
And a desire to attack and overwhelm
With the brilliance of my rhetoric, with the force of my anger

Where or where is love
Where is kindness
Where are those little bits of good, put together?

They are there, I believe
Those little acts of kindness

Kindness is in the hands of a older farm widow
Who knits shawls and blankets for people who are struggling
Kindness is in the help given, freely and without question, by an aging farmer
Who gives of his time and his skills to help in so many practical ways
It is in the gentle counsel of the woman everyone calls when life caves in
Counsel given in the context of great trial (cancer) within her own family
It is given through the hands of nurses
Through the listening ears of healers

Those “little bits of good” do litter the universe

And the tipping point is there
That place where those acts of kindness overwhelm the world

But it takes us all
All of our little acts
All of those brief moments

So today
Let us try to be kind

And no matter how today turns out
Remember there is always

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