When I was walking today I heard an old Jewel song on my iPod that I have always loved. The song is “Hands” and it talks about a lot of things. Faith, hope, despair, heartache, worry, kindness.
“In the end, only kindness matters” is the line that brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat every time I hear it, even though I’ve heard it probably a hundred times.
I like to think that I am kind, but like everyone, I know I am weak and I fail at it more than I’d like to admit. But I strive for it. It is my mantra. Every moral that I teach my children, “Do unto others”, “put yourself in someone else’s shoes”…. all of them – go back to the basic value of kindness.
I hope that I am teaching my children that. I hope that I am getting better at it. I know what a difference someone else’s kindness has made to me, and I want to do that for others as well. We can all use a little kindness now and then, so if we all make an effort to spread that around, it will come back to us as well.
Have a wonderful Sunday!