(some of the cards
I've written every night
for more than a year --
which Steven has saved.
is my cat, Monet trying
to get into the photo.)
Kindness hit me as a principal requirement in my life when I
experienced such high levels of kindness at the 2009, and 2015
Florence Biennales. I've been lucky to be treated kindly for most of my
life, but people at the Biennale, as one of my friends described
it, raised the bar. They did everything they could to help
each other, and life long connections happened. We all still care
about the people we met there.
So I wondered -- what are your kindness practices? One of mine
is to write a note for my husband every night to leave in our middle
bedroom where my husband puts out his clothes for the morning.
Because I've been a night teacher for almost a decade, I am in the
habit of going to bed much later than my husband, and he gets
up much earlier than I do.
This practice started more than a year ago, when both of our cats
-- the 14 year old Tortie point Siamese, Fiona, and the three
month old Tortie point Siamese kitten, Monet, stopped eating.
The kitten had gastroenteritis, and the older cat had a gum
I started writing the notes to let Steven know whether or not
they'd eaten their night snack, and then as they got better, I'd
write about what happened in the day, and thank him for all
of the nice things he'd done for me. And guess what happened?
He didn't want me to stop -- so I haven't. And he has saved every
one of these notes that I write on cards that feature my art.
What are some of the things you do to add more kindness to your life?
Have a loving your life day.