Piero Ferrucci (The Power of Kindness)
Over the last few weeks I have been marinating in the kindness of others.
While my wife has been ill for the last month, mostly confined to her bed, there has been a steady trickle of friends coming through–a couple of hours here, a couple of hours there–to give me a bit of time to rest, or shower, or write a little.
Some people have brought their children for play-dates with Finn and Fred, which really brightens their day, and others have helped out with a little cleaning and fun projects for the boys.
Each brief visit elevates the mood of the house and gives just the right amount of respite. We are grateful to have such caring people around us.
small kindnesses blogsplash
I’ve been made especially appreciative of these small kindnesses as I’ve been preparing for Fiona and Kaspa’s small kindnesses blogsplash which takes place on tuesday 27th.
This week, Fiona is re-releasing her book ‘Small Kindnesses’. As part of the blog splash she is encouraging people to write about a time when they have received a small kindness, and post it to their blog, or facebook, or simply email it out to friends.
A list has been set up so people can find your kindness post on the day, here are the details on what to do and how you can add your blog to the list.
So, between the kindnesses of friends, and the small kindnesses blogsplash I’ve become a little more attuned to the kindness of others.
Here is a small collection of things that I’ve come across online recently that have stuck with me:
Yael Saar has built a great blog and thriving community at Mama’s Comfort Camp which she describes as a ‘refueling station for moms’. Yael has a gift for developing compassionate and creative techniques to help guide people through difficulties, and she posted this wonderful piece on self kindness for the holidays.
It focuses on Thanksgiving, but is very relevant for the next month or so with its avalanche of Holidays from a number of traditions.
I especially liked her pebble ritual which acts as a self kindness spell.
Joel Zaslofsky blogs at Value of Simple, he writes about simplicity in a holistic way–so there’s always something interesting to think about each time you check in. He has made kindness a key element of his business through adopting a charity.
Joel partners with his chosen charity Second Harvest Heartland and sends them a portion of all the money he makes from his blog. He wrote a great post about why, and how it all works. (That’s the post that cemented me as a fan of his)
Anyway, he released a great program for beginning investors called Start Investing with $100 (SIW100) and recorded a great podcast in which he gives away heaps of useful advice for free, you can listen here.
I don’t know Elizabeth Howard, but stumbled onto her site the other day and just fell in love with this great thing she does. Elizabeth is a writer and editor who provides a wonderful service called Demand Poetry , in which she helps people give the gift of poetry.
She sends you a small questionnaire, then writes you a poem based on that to give as gift to someone you love. As an added bonus, it is composed and typed out on an old school Olivetti Lettera typewriter and mailed off to you ready to frame.
I read some of her sample poems and they are beautiful pieces (I’m very fussy about poetry and she totally passed my test)
I hope you find something in this list inspiring, or helpful.
I’d love to hear about any small kindnesses you’ve experienced recently, maybe you’d like to take part in the blogsplash! Let me know if you do, I’ll come and check out your contribution.
And stop by here tomorrow, when I post my own contribution to the Small Kindnesses blogsplash!