Kindness Fridays

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Being kind is taking a stand. By itself, it might not help: maybe our kindness will be ineffective. The money we sent to alleviate hunger might be unwisely used. Helping an old lady cross the road does not eliminate poverty in a faraway country. And for every plastic bottle we pick up on the beach, another ten will be tossed down tomorrow.

Never mind. We have affirmed a principle, a way of being.

Microcosm is macrocosm: Each person is the whole world.

As many mystics and visionaries have pointed out, each individual, in some subtle and mysterious way, embodies all people.

If we can bring some relief and well-being to just one person’s life, this is already a victory, a silent, humble response to the suffering and pain of the planet.

This is the starting point.

Today’s Kindness Friday comes directly from the book,¬†The Power of Kindness – The Unexpected¬†Benefits of Leading a¬†Compassionate Life, by Piero Ferrucci.

4 thoughts on “Kindness Fridays

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    May 26, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Even the smallest task can mean the world to someone who’s unable to do for themselves. Have a great and safe Memorial Weekend, Irene!


    Mary Riesche said:
    May 26, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Right now I’m feeding a dog for a lady in the hospital. I really don’t feel like I’m doing much of anything besides taking up my time. Your article gives me some positive reinforcement… Thanks


      Irene Olson responded:
      May 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

      You are correct in FEELING as though your smallest – and most hidden – efforts of kindness are for naught, but I also know that you understand that is not the case at all. By feeding your friend’s dog, you are relieving your friend of the stress of worrying about it and giving her the added opportunity of healing and getting out of the hospital sooner so she can rejoin her dog at home. You are also providing nourishment for her canine family member and providing it with the fullness of love it equates to your efforts. The ripple effect of kindness can’t be beat. You are doing a grand thing, wonderful sister of mine.


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