When I see kindness, When I see beauty, And my soul sighs … Then, I know that I am saying, ‘Yes, please,’ To the whisper of reality That is more deeply true Than all the pain along the path. Whatever else is true, You have won my heart, again. [photo by Stanley Zimney per cc 2.0 on flickr]
its nice to have those warm and fuzzy feelings
that let me snuggle down into myself
its like a good nap
fun for me, but pretty useless for others
unless I use the energy I gain for them
unless I act out that warmth in human connection
unless love makes a connection
I’m not sure its really love, after all
Are you there?
Are you worried?
Why don’t you just fix it all?
And can you fix me while you are at it?
If I give you just a moment –
Can you give me one day’s wisdom?
Can I give you – can I give your world –
One day’s kindness?
Perhaps that is a start.
A tangible way to love God by loving my neighbor.
I might even be able to love my neighbor
Just about as much as I love myself today.
That skeptical much, that begrudging much, that hopeful much.
One day’s kindness,
One day’s suspension of angry judgment.
One day’s pause to be actually grateful
For breath, for friends, for family, for hope
For the life you have given me.
One day’s kindness to myself
As the starting place
The opening place
To nurture kindness that can extend outward
From a center strong enough to hold hope.
From a center where your love for me
Allows change to flower.