13 Ramadan 2012: Marigolds

The best way to find good in thyself is to begin to look for good in others. –Unknown

When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people. –Abraham Joshua Heschel

People continue to amaze us. Sometimes, we forget how lucky we are when people go out of their way for us through small gestures of kindness (whether they do it purposely or not) that one may have forgotten about or never noticed. The impact this has on the heart and the feeling that comes with it is difficult to explain, is it compassion? is it kindness as well? Not sure, it just somehow softens the heart and surrounds it with cheer, like Marigolds in the middle of a garden, and with thanks … thanks to god (first and foremost), thanks to people and thanks to life.

Kindness we find comes in different shapes and forms; it could be a smile or a gift, or it could be a helping hand or simply a ‘feeling’. We also find that unless one is open with themselves and with others, one may miss these moments that bring hearts closer to each other. At the end of the day, we even wonder if there is ever such a thing as naturally born ‘titans’ as we believe we all either have a kind root or have reasons to explain cruelty and usually, it is first cruelty to oneself before cruelty to others. In other words, no person can be cruel unless they are cruel to themselves first either in character or in lack of forgiveness.

On this blessed night, we thank god for his blessing of kindness that we have had entrenched in each of us. We also ask god to bless us with the ability to see kindness in others or at least potential kindness in others which signifies good character that far outstrips our own.

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