“We all begin as strangers.” -Tom Waits
I hope you are willing to drop some pebbles in a still body of water to provide yourself an illustration of how we are all connected. It can be meditative doing this, as can be the habit of performing multiple small acts of spontaneous kindness, the sort that are being offered to us throughout the day.
For inspiration, I encourage you to spend the 12 minutes it will take to watch Hector Elizondo read to you the lovely children’s story “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.”
I listened to, and watched, Hector Elizondo read “Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch” this morning… two days after the 9th anniversary of my husband’s death. I can’t believe how moved I was by the story, perhaps because of the timing? (As you can imagine, it’s an emotional time of year for me.) I was smiling through my tears for the entire second half of the story. I enjoy receiving your Kindness emails, they’re always inspiring. Thank you, Andy, for all you do.
Corinne – Thank you so much for taking the time to write and for sharing important personal detail. My warmest thoughts are with you. I greatly, greatly appreciate you telling me that my kindness messages inspire you. That means more to me than you may know. –Andy