Kindness Is Not A Choice; It’s An Action

Teach your children. Teach your friends. Teach your parents. Remind yourselves. Kindness is not magic. It’s not a feeling. It’s not something you contemplate in order to feel better about yourself. Compassion and caring are feelings. Kind words and kind acts comprise kindness. Kindness is risk taking, and kindness is bravery. Sometimes kindness feels so different and maybe even … Continue reading Kindness Is Not A Choice; It’s An Action

Clear

Make a statement of clarity by listening first. Be kind and you will never be lost. You can jump to conclusions and reactions, but you can also jump to the heart of a matter. You have to listen first. You have to make a clearing of kindness–a space that feels safe and just. Clear it … Continue reading Clear

Mortality

He might have been thirteen. I saw him chasing the newly-feathered Starling in the street, hunched over with his hands cupped and outstretched. He caught it, and it perched happily on his finger, half fluff and half feathers. I was walking with my children. He was out of breath, clearly shaken and red-faced. A nearby … Continue reading Mortality

Rural Tensions

It’s sunny and hot on my head, back, and legs. I’m laying on the ground, face down, aware I’ve left my sweater on. My dog is a Northern type and shedding profusely, but he still wants to lie right by me. I put my blanket down on the grass and he plopped down. Now he’s … Continue reading Rural Tensions