Touched by so much kindness…
As many of you know our family has been riding the emotional roller coaster since my oldest daughters passing on January 18 from breast cancer. It was the hardest thing I have ever faced. After taking time off to recoup and regroup, I tried to jump back into work as a form of therapy which worked good for the most part but of course, there were “those days.” One such morning I awoke at 4:30AM unable to get back to sleep. I padded out to my front room, crawled into my favorite chair with my favorite mug of my favorite herbal tea and started to scroll through emails to get a jump start on my day. As I did so, I came across an email from a woman I did not know who is a follower and fan of my work. She expressed her condolences in the sweetest, most heartfelt and sincere way. In her note she reminded me that like my daughter, I too was “Crazy Brave & Wicked Strong” enough to get through this without ever letting anyone “Dull My Sparkle.” (Thank you Beth!)
The tipping point…
Not that every message I received didn’t touch me, but this particular note at this particular moment became the tipping point for me moving forward. I was suddenly overcome by the kindness that had been extended by so many people who had reached out. I had kept them all, from day one. So that morning I reread them all, I was touched to the point of tears at the kindness of people I didn’t know who acted on the prompting to reach out to me. The familiar tone in their words I realized were because they felt that through my writing, they knew me. They had each quoted, one way or another, a line or title of my writings that got them through a tough day and were now there to throw my words right back at me! What surprised me the most was that I felt I knew them right back. These wonderful, wacky, women all over the globe were in fact a whole lot like me and were compelled to reach out to a sister in need.
Kindness is so underrated.
In a world that, if you believe the news, is filled with hatred and anger, selfishness and conceit, we each have the opportunity to do something to make a difference in someone else’s life. I’ve heard stories of lines of people offering to pay of the coffee order of the person in line behind them. (I heard in Seattle it went 9 cars deep!) I’ve seen countless volunteer hours being given at youth centers, thrift stores, school and charities. I have witnessed an outpouring of help at events we have sponsored and I am continually stunned by the selfless acts of charity I see. Yet today, as I read through these notes I am struck by how simple and easy it is to simply act on the prompting to write a note to someone who more than anything, needs the balm of kindness. Because in a world where we can be and do anything, the most simple, inexpensive and effortless thing we can do is be kind.
You Lift Me Up…
As I write this short, quick blog post I have tears running down my face but they are tears of joy. I am so grateful that my art and writing, my family and friends and spiritual faith has truly given me a life worth loving despite the trials I have faced. But the blessing I am most grateful for it that God didn’t expect me to face them alone. He gave me you and your unending endearing kindness. From the bottom of my wild, wacky heart, thank you so much.
You’ve Inspired Me!
By the way… I feel like “I’m back!” I find myself now laughing at the fun memories of my daughter and hauling around this goofy paint stick with a cut out of her on it. I’m having fun having “her” show up in the most unusual places! And I am more committed that ever before to not only consciously embrace kindness as a way of life but to spread it around like glitter. (An you know me and my passion for glitter! Rob, my art director here at my studio just hid the can of spray adhesive from me in an attempt to spare himself from leaving the studio today with a glittery coat of sticky goo all over him.!)