One of my morning yoga meditations refers to "A Kind Heart" as the Jewel of the Universe. I've listened to the CD many times, but this morning the words reverberated through my mind as an absolute truism. In trying times kindness goes a long way.
When my son was in Iraq he said what he and his fellow Marines looked forward to most were letters from home. Home was not necessarily correspondence from friends and family. Often a letter was simply address "Soldier" or "To a Marine." A few kind and caring words from a complete stranger brightened their day. After a nightmarish day in the field, mail call was a time of joy. A letter from home reminded them in many places of the world life was still full of hope for the future. War zones are not filled with kindness, but those letters certainly were.
Monday I received a message from a past client. Her husband passed away over the weekend quite unexpectedly. Her message included a thank you to me for "All the ways you helped us in the past." In her time of grief she thanked me for my kindness. It was a powerful reminder our daily actions have lasting consequences and make a deep impression on the people who pass through our lives. Kindness cushions the pain of loss.
The economy and the housing market are creating enormous loss and a large number of people on falling on hard times they never imagined possible. The problems and financial woes are overwhelming for many, others have no idea how they can help. Each of us contains a Jewel of the Universe; a kind heart does not cost money. A few moments of time and heartfelt words are priceless gifts and should be shared with great abandon. Not only will it lift the spirit of the receiver, it will enrich the giver as well.