Small acts of kindness and compassion, I believe, are truly needed at this time.
One of my greatest teachers was my mom, Olive; she was a great teacher, healer and staunch animal rights advocate. She taught by example and she always treated everyone as equal. Her friends where from all walks of life, they all loved and adored her for the same reasons I do-she radiated true unconditional love! She inspired others to be their best and true self. She taught us the importance of being kind by her deeds for others, if it was giving someone a much needed hug, holding their hand, making a phone call to cheer someone up who was lonely, making a home cooked meal to nourish the body and soul and listening ( truly listening from the heart, not to give advise, but to hear what the person was saying) and in listening from the heart she supported them through whatever difficulties they were facing at that time. Giving them strength and support to get over the hurdle with hope of better things to come. I never once heard her say, let me know if there is anything I can do for you. She just did! By recognizing where the pain was coming from in the other, she instinctively acted through unconditional love, she never judged or placed blame, she helped them through it with love to be better off for the lesson learned.
She didn’t know any other way; she was a great gift to this world.
She taught me to trust the seen and unseen and that we are never alone and always supported.
As, gentle and kind as she was she also taught me to stand up for my truth and what I believe. She was a fierce warrior and defended the voiceless-people and animals. However, it was never out of anger. It was always out of love for right action and justice for what she felt was right-she would say she wasn’t here to win a popularity contest .
I can hear her quoting “You must stand for something or you will fall for everything.” And she always reminded me that there is power in numbers and if I didn’t like something, then change it.
In sharing this today, may we draw on our strength and courage in being a beacon of hope to others with our acts of kindness and compassion and may we lift them up, as we lift ourselves up.
Staying in tune to our innate intuition to discern our own truth for a brighter day!