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Monday, November 26, 2012

Small Kindnesses


small kindnesses beget
small kindnesses
no other truth
feels more
certain




I stood there at first, as this heart shaped moth barely breathed her (his?) last, pulsations of wing hardly discernible from the faint breeze stirred by passing cars. It felt to me a small kindness accompanying this tiny creature slipping from life to torn paper ash soon to be born upon the wind. For just a few minutes on the sidewalk, a hot June morning nearing noon, I squatted down low and breathed too, a witness, honoring the presence of a dying insect with my own sacred silence.

How many times have strangers done small kindnesses for me? I cannot count that high, or family or friends, again innumerable acts, incalculable moments of compassionate words and silence. One, I’ll choose one.

A few weeks ago I was noticeably exhausted at a meditation retreat. I needed assistance getting up the three steps from the dining hall into my waiting wheelchair and help to be rolled to my room before meeting with my mentor for a check in. My mentor witnessed this tender scene, my vulnerable state and offered, "Can I meet you in your room instead of our designated space?" And she did, three small kindnesses in a very short period of time. 

Small kindnesses beget small kindnesses. 


Thank you to all the kind souls who participated in the Gratitude Quilt, on the quilt page, in blog comments and emails afterwards. I feel deeply blessed just knowing we all breathe the same air. What a tremendous outpouring of gratitude, love and yes, kindness to all beings and our selves, releasing these words straight from our hearts in this way.

Visit this  purple link on November 27th to read more offerings of 
Small Kindnesses 
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46 comments:

  1. Laura, these are lovely words, one to be treasured. These kind of small gestures, acts, words are all to easily missed in the virtual stream we often swim in.

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  2. Thank You for your visit. You got lovely pictures and words. Wish you a nice evening:-)

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  3. Laura what an amazing reminder of what's really important in life.

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  4. So lovely, Laura. As always when I visit your site I am uplifted and inspired anew.

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  5. An act of kindness certainly goes a long way in restoring faith towards humanity ... lovely lines !!!

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  6. smiles...we pass it forward and onward...the little changes and touches that make all the difference in this world....smiles.

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  7. I also believe that small kindnesses create positive forces for change--lovely and thought-provoking Laura!

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  8. Excellent, excellent poem and point.

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  9. Your witnessing the moth's demise has made me cry.

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing this ~

    And I love that gratitude quilt ~

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  11. What a blessing your project is to many, Laura. Truly.

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  12. Hi Laura ~~ I like your poem. It states a wonderful truth, we don't do small kindness for repayment but we are repaid many times over. First paymnent is our own feeling of satisfaction of having done our part. That is enought payment most times even if no further repayments occur.

    Thank you for peeking in on my 'nest' poem. It was a fun write. People (a few, I don't have a lot of readers) also were liking my rabbits. I took the picture but cannot remember where it was.

    I worked at the New Boston (New Hampshire) Air Force Satellite Tracking Station from 1961 to 1964 as an engineer helping get the station operational and helping the Air Force personnel in learning how to operate and maintain it.
    ..

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  13. "a witness, honoring the presence of a dying insect with my own sacred silence"

    What lovely phrase and musicality.
    Ironic considering how it's pointing to silence being the witness.lol

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  14. incredible photo - incredible words

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  15. Thank you for this moving post.

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  16. Your words are so beautiful. I forget about all the small kindnesses in my daily life. Thank you for reminding me!

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  17. So nice Laura. I think there's no kindness that's really small. They're usually huge acts, that get shown in small ways.

    Hope you're no longer exhausted.

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  18. Hi Laura, I am going to take your message to heart. Small kindnesses don't take long and can make someone's day.

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  19. You have a very kind heart, Laura.

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  20. You have a beautiful heart Laura :D
    Thank you for sharing your view~
    You remind me to share and do more~
    (((hugs)))

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  21. I honor your compassion and respect for this small creature. Few would notice its passing, and fewer would think to share it.

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  22. ...yes, it takes one's mind off one's own problems ;0

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  23. Beautiful picture you show :)
    Hanne Bente

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  24. Lovely words and post. Have a happy day, Laura!

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  25. You bring peace with your gentle presence.

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  26. I am very not religious. However, I do believe in my karmic luck as I like to call it. I have had innumerable small kindnesses come my way and I never understand why people have been so generous with me.

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  27. Your prose is lovely, as is the photo. Serenity abounds.

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  28. "Small kindnesses beget small kindnesses"...how true this is

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  29. Being treated kindly helps us to remember to treat others with kindness.. and vice versa. May we always be and be treated kindly.

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  30. I received a small kindness today .... You stopped by my tiny corner of the blogverse and blessed me with kind words regarding my poem. So I thank you. And promise to pay it forward.

    xxx

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  31. This is lovely and so true..something as simple as a smile may change a person's whole day, but we seem to be so much into our phones and other things that we don't even pay attention to our fellow human beings who may be right in front of our faces...Michelle

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  32. So delicate, quiet, and gentle this butterfly - I love seeing them soar and glide above a field. It makes me happy. And your sweet acknowledgement of one passing - a silent thank you. Yes, the world needs this kind of kindness.

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  33. You do fantastic photography !
    Oh wait, Laura, you are immensely blessed at prose too :D

    Simply beautiful !
    Kindness is God's palm's shade iin disguise, there over you keeping your woes at bay. It can never be weighed upon as smaller or big. It is bestowed, that is what matters in the long run. :)

    Thanks for sharing !

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  34. Laura, I love your blog, it is immensely inspiring. Sorry that I missed your gratitude quilt, I have just been reading it, wonderful!!!
    Blessings to you
    Jacqui xx

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  35. Once again the tears flow. Not just because of the beautiful heart moth breathing its last in such company as you could be ... but because I wish I was there to show you back the kindnesses you have given me. The words of hope and wisdom. Even through your own agonies, you have lifted me up, helped me to bear my burdens. You are such a beautiful soul ... bringing such wonderful light to the world. I appreciate you.

    Love and Peace, dear Laura.

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  36. Laura, I love the poem and the heart shaped wing of the butterfly. Bless your generous heart for sharing these.

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  37. This took my breath away. Lovely.

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  38. Beautiful post and photos, I love their delicacy.

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