A lesson in kindness…
There was a knock at the door this afternoon, and as usual, I sent one of the boys to answer it. Lately our entry has had a revolving door of friends and neighbors. Bored kids looking for entertainment during summer break. So it’s usually someone for them. Today though, that knock at the door was a child asking for a mom and a Band Aid. Later in the afternoon, there wasn’t even a knock, just children wandering in for a drink of water.
I’ll admit that there was a part of me that thought, “Don’t you have Band Aids at home? So I can go about my important day uninterrupted?” And “Can’t you just go home to grab a drink?” I was initially a tiny bit annoyed.
That sounds silly, now, doesn’t it? Feeling annoyed at being asked to care for a scratch or having to wash a few extra cups at the end of the day?
And then I remembered this: It is easy to be kind to those in your inner circle. Or even to those in the next layer of your circle. But when you are truly trying to live a life from kindness, sometimes that means being uncomfortable, pushing your boundaries, expanding your circle. Kindness to those who have nothing to offer in return takes more and it’s important. Don’t be annoyed. Remember that kindness matters. Smile, and BE thankful that you have something to give.
That’s the lesson in kindness I had to learn today. I’ll have to learn it again and again I’m sure. But we’re getting there.
BE kind. <3