Recently I went through a very challenging time . I have learnt so much from it .
It started a few weeks ago I got a call on a Sunday morning early that one of my family members was in hospital 90 minutes away. Along with the rest of the family in Sydney, I jumped in a car and spent the whole day at the hospital.
On Monday morning as you can imagine I was not at my best.
I stopped at the shops and my car door opened too quickly and touched the door next to it. The driver of the other car was there yelling at me in seconds. I promptly burst into tears, then explained my reaction was not due to the car – but rather, the ill family member and guess what happened ?
The other driver got more angry at me, continued to yell and be aggressive in a way that eventually meant I lodged a police report. (I have never done that before – it was unpleasant people )
The man had no kindness or compassion for me . He was totally fixated on telling me about his issues, which were of great concern to him I know.
Both of us needed kindness that day – but instead there was just lots of angry words exchanged.
Then in the following weeks I received so much kindness which starkly contrasted this incident. People in my world have poured out kindness in so many forms – there were so many flowers, calls, texts, meals, baking done, rides given, classes and work duties covered, prayers prayed and care given. As a verbal processor I am so grateful to family and flat-mates who listened – for hours !
Somehow in the middle of a tough time – when nerves are frayed – kindness is like balm for your brittle soul.
Last Saturday afternoon in a car park after another draining time, a lady cut me off and took my spot. Again teary, I thought – when I cut off a person in traffic, or speak harshly to a sales person, or get annoyed with a waiter – I need to be mindful that I don’t know what they are facing today.
Today, maybe if I die to my agenda a little and show kindness where ever I can – maybe I can offer a balm to a brittle soul. Maybe I can be more Christ-like, maybe I can let the fruit of kindness grow again in my life. Maybe it will be just what some-one needs to get through the day.
In this crazy world we live in – and especially in the tough times – I realized again – kindness is not just important, it is crucial for the human soul.
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