Yesterday while having breakfast outside in downtown Encinitas with a friend, three separate women came up to me, and were concerned about my purse getting wet from water seeping out of a large planter nearby. Three! All were looking out for me in the sense that purses cost money, and they didn't want me to have to lose my purse due to the water. This isn't a big life changing incident, yet I thought about it the rest of the day ~ three people cared enough about my purse to let me know they did. By the time the third one came over, all I could do was think how kind these three were. By the way, my purse didn't get wet. It just looked like it was in the line of water seepage.
Kindness is such a precious commodity. I made a little sign out of scrabble letters that sits by my kitchen sink that says, "Be kind." Years ago a friend shared that being kind was what she and her husband held sacred in their marriage. No matter what happened in their lives as a couple, they wanted to remember to treat each other with kindness.
I don't want to become so preoccupied with my life that I miss "seeing" the kindness of strangers like yesterday. Each one is a reminder of something I've come to value above most everything, kindness. How can I show kindness to those around me? How can I speak in a way that affirms without breaking down someone? Today, tomorrow, and always I want to be in a kindness state of mind.