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unremembered acts of kindness and love

May 7, 2011

As a form of gratitude meditation, I’d like to reflect on those people who were fully present in my life during a critical moment when I was on the brink of despair … and they saved my faith in humanity.

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is

you must lose things,

feel the future dissolve in a moment

like salt in a weakened broth.

What you held in your hand,

what you counted and carefully saved,

all this must go so you know

how desolate the landscape can be

between the regions of kindness.

~Naomi Shihab Nye, excerpt from her poem

Of course my dearest friends are within this group, but I’d also like to thank people I never knew very well, people I’m  just starting to get to know, and people I loved who have passed out of my life.

Specifically, your kindness in the moment was pivotal. Thank you from the  bottom of my heart:

Mike

Paul Wisniewski

Sr. Connie

Rosemary Sheil

Mary Higashi

Erin Smith Goralski

Diane Burks

Rose McDaniel

Jeff Lipton

Susan Meltzer

Margaret Young

I do my best to pass it on.

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  1. May 7, 2011 11:07

    I found your blog by randomly surfing 🙂 I love the sentiment you expressed in tthis post.
    I meant to comment when I first read it, but I was on the move. It’s amazing, when I think back on my life, how often friends and strangers have committed small acts that saved me from pain and worse, though in the moment neither they nor I understood the significance of their kindness. I will definitely be back to read more of your thoughts!

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