Good Afternoon and welcome to Friday afternoon for me - and it is a beautiful day - the sun is shining and the sky is blue and there is a gentle cool wind. The morning started off with a 2 degree temperature (our coldest day for the year) and I stayed in bed where I was warm much longer than I normally do - indulgence on the last day of the week.
I have been cooking today - soups and casseroles for a family get together and it will be lovely to see everyone and enjoy the comfort of a warm evening with lovely warm comforting foods.
I have been blessed with many kindnesses and much love in my life and it becomes clear to me that kindness can come in many forms. A simple kindly smile to a stranger may mean the difference between a lonely day or a day where the sun shines. A lovely gift especially chosen and mailed just because there is love and friendship. At the shops this morning a lovely young man held the door open for me and gave me a beaming smile - a little kindness which meant a great deal. I dropped may mail in the Post Office and two children on school holiday helped me pick it up - the little kindnesses always mean so much.
"If you see your brother standing by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he's sowed
And if you see your sister falling by the way
Just stop and stay you're going the wrong way
You got to try a little kindness
Yes show a little kindness
Just shine your light for everyone to see
And if you try a little kindness
Then you'll overlook the blindness
Of narrow-minded people on the narrow-minded streets
Don't walk around the down and out
Lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day
Will help someone along their way"
A phone call, a letter, a shared meal ~ all of these things are something we can do for our fellow man and everyone is carrying a burden of some kind. We never know how much a little kindness can bring joy to someone ~ practice random acts of kindness daily and see the joys come flooding back to you.
Thank you for visiting the musings of this thankful heart which has been the recipient of kindness and knows first hand the joy it brings.
As the weekend approaches for you all it is with a thankful heart that I wish you a pleasant time, good food, friends and family and happy hours. If you have to work then make it the best it can be - make your working environment a happy and kind place.
Take care out in the sun or stay warm - depending which hemisphere you are in.
Love and hugs,