Hello all– The flu bug has finally hit here at our house.  How about with you??  (hope not!)  But one benefit of being down is all the kindnesses the come.  Larry making mugs of tea, inquiring phone calls, get well texts…   It’s reminding me of the importance of small kindnesses.

Here’s a few thoughts about kindness I came across:

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Teresa

“Kind words produce their own image in men’s souls; and a beautiful image it is. They soothe and quiet and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they ought to be used.” Blaise Pascal

“Nothing,” wrote Tolstoy, “can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

“Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15

So true.

P.S.  The photo is of our grand-guy Eero helping his newly walking cousin make her way through the arboretum.



“I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being; let me do it now.  Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”
— Etienne de Grellet (1117-1855, French, son of advisor to King Louis XVI, who fled to America and became a Quaker missionary. )

Love, love these words, don’t you?  OK, so it’s 5:30 A.M. here.  And I’m only going to pass through this day ahead once.   So I’m excited for a fresh chance a day offers to spread a give out a little kindness at school with my kids, with friends at dinner, to my dear old Larry at home.  I’m sure it’s on your mind too.  There’s never too much kindness and goodness out there.  God keep us from neglecting or deferring–we need to see where this kindness is needed ahead…  thank you.