Stephen Cherry reminds us how easily kindness can be tarnished, becoming patronising, bland or diminishing. (Read the meditation here)
Kindness is a fine art.
Receiving kindness is also a fine art.
Receiving kindness is not always easy for those of us who like to think we are capable, self-sufficient, able to stand on our own two feet.
And yet, I think I am stronger when I recognise my need of others.
Strengthened by the kindness offered and received.
More able to be kind to others.
Undiminished by kindness, I can be kind to others without diminishing them.
So, with Stephen Cherry, I pray:
Give me the gift of kindness