Thursday, September 27, 2007


There is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Each act of kindness that flows through the heart, hand and mind of a human being, birthing itself into the world, is a miracle. Is a gift. Is a pebble dropped in the center of a pond. An act of kindness is an opportunity for more light and goodness and love to be showered on the world, even a tiny corner of it. This is no small thing.
An act of kindness can change the life of the recipient. It can bring hope into despair, light into darkness. It can shift and open the mind of the recipient in ways that are unknowable prior to the act. It can be the long-awaited seed that nestles in the soil of a barren heart and gently coaxes a life into bloom.
An act of kindness can be as simple as listening to someone who is usually overlooked. As simple as making eye contact and smiling. As simple as a sincere compliment. It can be a plate full of homemade cookies or a warm hand placed on a spine. Whatever the chosen act of kindness, it is a statement that honors the value and inherent worthiness of the recipient. It affirms and confirms the they are deserving of peace and joy, love and help. It is a tip-of-the-hat to the God-essence within them.
Vow to be a bringer of miracles into the world. Vow to give more gifts that money can't buy. Vow to drop more pebbles into more ponds. Vow to be kind at every possible turn. To yourself, to your loved ones, to your neighbors, to the woman who passes you on the down escalator as you are riding up. There are no small acts of kindness. And there is no small need for more of them.
Words and photograph copyright(c) 2007 Graciel
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surjit singh said...

profound words.. full of wisdom:
...It can be the long-awaited seed that nestles in the soil of a barren heart and gently coaxes a life into bloom...'
A wonderful picture.Thanks for sharing.
God bless.

Dan Hanosh said...

A Gesture

Today, I was moved,
touched, not by any earth
rocking event, but a
gesture, so small and yet
large enough that it reached
deep into my soul.

Today, I went for a drive,
my thoughts wandering, as everything
flew by, remembering the good times,
I missed her smile, her laugh and
those oh, so special hugs.

This day driving, tears running,
someone reached out to me, at a tollbooth,
the operator waved me on, someone
had paid for me, someone had seen my pain,
then I realized, it didn’t matter.

Today, at that moment I knew,
a stranger had reached out, had felt my pain,
it was my turn, to stop the pity,
to pass on a gesture, to someone
who needed it, more than I.

For the first time, I realized, actions alone
will change the world, making it a better place,
just one small gesture, simply someone
reaching out, showed me, that
I was loved, and now, I reach out to you,
for you to are loved.

Dan Hanosh

Dreams Are Yours To Share
Warriors and Wars
The Moon Also Rises

Morgan said...

It has always been the small gestures of kindness that have always provided me with the hope I feel in my heart.
The best thing anything can ever offer another is gentle kindness...for that very act along has the power to change the world into a spectacular display of miracles.

Anonymous said...

You are love Graciel. Moving words.