Mid Week Inspiration No. 10 – On Kindness

May 10, 2018

“Treat everyone you meet like God in drag”  ~ Ram Dass

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Dear Little One

We’ve never met, but I’ve been thinking of you and the story of your broken wing

On his way to work one morning, someone I know and love saw you lying on the road.  At first, he thought you had passed, that is until you turned your head.  It wasn’t long before he came back to see if he could help

Thank goodness the other cars were already going around, so you wouldn’t be hit again

You had to have been frightened as he approached, but you didn’t put up a fight.  His sweatshirt wrapped around to keep you safe and warm on the way to the hospital.  It’s the same emergency room I brought Z, our pug to, the day he hit his head.  The people there are wonderful, and you were in the best of hands

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You’re a lucky bird to have been spotted by him that day

What you don’t know is, he’s a man of many passions.  The deepest of which is an innermost desire to leave tiny fingerprints on the hearts of everyone (and every creature) he meets.  Even those he has not.  He isn’t in the business of grand gestures, but instead slowly betters the world around him with small acts of kindness

A handwritten note here, a gift from his workshop there

A steady stream of love and service, until you wake up one morning and realize that you’re a better person for having known him

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And so here I am, a week later, still thinking about you and wondering if you’re ok

The world can sure be a tough place

But what I do know is this, there’s also kindness.  People who will still stop to help, sanctuaries for birds who can’t fly, doctors and nurses and kindhearted souls who are willing to pick is up and patch us back together when we’re hurting and broken

And for this, I am so very grateful


Friends, what’s inspiring you this week?  


ps:  For more Midweek Inspiration: Good reads for our nightstands .. What do you eat when you’re home alone? .. and Instagram accounts you’ll love to love

( Featured Image Photo Credit – Instagram – @tanja_brandt )

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  • Reply Jennifer L May 10, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Reading about this precious show of love really touched a cord in my heart. I love the part that there is kindness here, which is so true. We can get so overwhelmed by the evil in the world but there is true generosity, love, support and care out there. My faith and family inspire me so much. Would be lost without them.

  • Reply Iya - Louisa May 10, 2018 at 3:27 am

    This is such a sweet post, honestly its lovely. I think this week my inspiration is my partner. He’s had a lot on his plate lately and is still so motivated as well as trying to be my motivation too!

  • Reply Maggie May 10, 2018 at 8:46 am

    This week kindness looked like a loaf of homemade strawberry rhubarb bread left on my doormat from an upstairs neighbor. A childhood friend who listened — really listened — to a particular heartbreak of mine; who offered no advice or admonishment; and when I cried, she cried too.

  • Reply Hannah Mitchell May 10, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Yes kindness is so important!! This post makes me happy and is something I definitely needed this morning.

  • Reply Kelly May 10, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I hope little owl is okay. Lucky your friend stopped to help.

  • Reply Alex May 10, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    This was uplifting to read. Kindness costs nothing, but makes the biggest difference. x

  • Reply Sigrid May 10, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I am just sucked up into your stories Ali!

    Kindness…in my case, we try to be kind to everyone, young and old, rich and poor. We are so keen on kindness that even my elest daughter’s second name is the Chinese word for kindness. I believe that our acts of kindness will resonate to other people. So even if these are just simple acts and it may not come back to us directly, it will go forward. 😀

  • Reply Sarah Bailey May 10, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Oh what a post – what a lovely person to have stopped and helped. I hope the little bird is doing a lot better and will one day be able to take flight again.

  • Reply Rachel May 10, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

  • Reply Jhilmil Bhansali May 10, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    How beautiful this story is, this lucky bird and that amazing person who did all the efforts to help a bird hit on the road. These small acts of kindness makes us so happy and gives a feel that yes goodness is still alive in this world.

  • Reply Rhian May 11, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Such a lovely story, I’m feeling really inspired by the sunshine and weather x

  • Reply Steph May 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I have come to value kindness and consideration more and more as I’ve gotten older. My husband is truly one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and he’s my daily reminder

  • Reply Ashley May 11, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Love Love Love! Kindness is definitely a message that can’t be shared enough!

  • Reply Chelsea May 11, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks for posting this, wouldn’t have seen it otherwise. It reminds me of my Mother’s adopted life motto: ‘Never let it be said you didn’t do the least you could do’

  • Reply Tania May 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Have you ever read Wonder by R.J. Palacio? It’s one of the best books and is all about being kinder than necessary. It’s truly magical. xx

  • Reply Laura May 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    This might be my favorite post yet. Maybe because I have been going over and over in my mind if I want to step out on a limb and it just reminded me that I’m not doing it because of what I might receive, I’m doing it because of what I can give. Thank-you for the reminder.

  • Reply Emma May 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve recently gone through a very trying period in my life, both physically and emotionally, and just this morning asked myself how I can grow from the experience. The quote: “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” came to my mind as a motto

  • Reply Karin May 12, 2018 at 2:18 am

    Of all the wonderful food blogs I read, your writing voice makes me feel the most at home. It is simple, warm, and endearing. I just can’t say enough.

  • Reply Dalene May 12, 2018 at 3:40 am

    I just loved this…so heartfelt! And especially that quote by Ram Dass, ‘Treat everyone you meet like God in drag” simply says it all. For as much as there is much bad in the world, kindness still exists. I’ll take that as my motto this week.

  • Reply Tony May 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Every now and then, I get a Sunday morning all to myself. When I do, I make myself breakfast and coffee, head out to the patio and bask in the early morning light, the quiet, and the joy of reading every blog post of yours since the last time I had a Sunday morning all to myself. And every time I get to, I think I should let you know how much I enjoy it…so today I am.

  • Reply Anosa May 13, 2018 at 12:21 am

    Awww bless, it is a rarity these days or people be naturally kind to creatures or even fellow humans. Kindness is so important

  • Reply AnnMarie May 13, 2018 at 2:40 am

    This was so inspiring to read. To leave a mark on someone’s life like this is the best way to live your life. I think it’s all about being kind to the people around you, not so they can remember you, but so they can also be inspired to be kind to others.

  • Reply Bethany May 13, 2018 at 6:32 am

    This was amazing, my week has also gone amazingly, I’ve made a new group to help support others and build them up.

  • Reply Msddah May 13, 2018 at 8:56 am

    I chose to stand up for what I believe in at work instead of following the culture of being intimidated. I am hella proud of it and scared shitless at the same time!

  • Reply Linda Hobbis May 13, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I often think, if you remove religion from the equation, kindness is the one thing that sets humans apart – some of them at least.

  • Reply Nichola May 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Aww I hope he’s ok. Kindness is the greatest of all traits in my opinion.

    • Reply Sarah Bailey May 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      I am with you on that – I do hope the bird is OK! I am with you on kindness it as well it is something we should try and make sure we put out.

  • Reply Amy May 13, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Ah, such a lovely post. Kindness is so important – giving it to someone or something doesn’t take much but can sure make a world of difference. 🙂

  • Reply Laura Dove May 13, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Oh I love this! Kindness is the biggest lesson I reach my children and it’s the one quality I strive to have. If only we could all feel that way!

  • Reply Tasheena May 14, 2018 at 3:04 am

    This is a very inspiring and sweet post. Something that’s inspiring me this week is knowing how many amazing and caring women are in the world.

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose May 14, 2018 at 4:52 am

    I hope the little one you haven’t met yet is okay, I believe there’s still a lot of kindness in people these days.

    My son inspired me this week. He bravely did a job that he regularly do with his sister because she was sick and could do it with him.

  • Reply Alli Smith May 14, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I wish all kids were taught to be loving and kind. What an amazing world it would be! It’s always refreshing to read about someone doing something for someone else without a self-serving motive.

  • Reply Amber Myers May 14, 2018 at 7:16 am

    So sweet! Yes, it’s always important to be kind. I have been teaching my kids the lesson often. I hope the bird is okay as well.

  • Reply Ashley May 14, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Kindness is inspiring me too. I have some friends who are willing to help out in a situation and I love them for it.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman May 14, 2018 at 8:22 am

    It is so nice to read about people that help out whether it is animals or people in need. I have taken in 2 rescue dogs so I hope others do the same.

  • Reply Heather May 14, 2018 at 8:23 am

    What an incredible way for me to start the day. I love when people just stop their busy lives to be kind to someone else, a human or an animal. Bravo!

  • Reply Candy May 14, 2018 at 9:12 am

    What a wonderful show of love that so many people would have walked on by and never done anything to help. Lesson for all of us to learn and remember.

  • Reply Joanna May 14, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Awe, what a sweet post. Glad your friend helped the owl. Kindess is so important.

  • Reply Dannii May 14, 2018 at 10:27 am

    What a lovely post – very heartfelt. It’s so important to show kindness everyday.

  • Reply Megan May 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I love this…. I’m sitting in the car waiting for my baby to wake up so we can go back inside and this just made MY day 🙂 Beautiful, thank you!

  • Reply valmg May 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    My oldest has an amazing way with animals. He always stops to try to check on and save injured animals when possible.

  • Reply Olivia May 14, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    This is soooo soooooo lovely. I really hope that the owl was okay and is doing well. xx

  • Reply Karen Morse May 14, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    This made my day in ways you can’t understand. It’s a particularly challenging morning for me and I needed some good old-fashioned kindness. Thank-You for sharing…

  • Reply Carol May 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I have always had a soft spot for animals. But above all, I value kindness very much. I think it’s something that the world needs more of. Definitely.

  • Reply Emily May 14, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Wow. What beautiful sentiment. This will stick with me for a long time: “An innermost desire to leave tiny fingerprints on the hearts of everyone (and every creature) he meets..”

  • Reply Heather May 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I hope that bird is okay too. Was it a bird or an owl? Its caretaker sounds like a wonderful person too. Some you could definitely look up to and try to be like.

  • Reply Ricci May 14, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    So lovely, an inspiration to be better!

  • Reply Shoshana Sue May 15, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Such a heartwarming read! I hope the owl is flying happily around somewhere. So glad to hear how your loved one stooped to take care of the bird. I see so many birds being hit and drivers almost never stop.

  • Reply Emily Leary May 15, 2018 at 6:00 am

    What a lovely post. We should all understand the importance of kindness and caring for both human and our animal friends. This is something that my mum instilled in my siblings and me and which my husband and I now pass on to our own kids. I hope that the little owl made a good recovery.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 15, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I read somewhere that you can always measure the decency of a person by the way they treat animals. So good that there are still people who will stop to help an injured bird.

  • Reply Kelly Edgar May 15, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve had a particularly hard couple of days, those where even the smallest kindnesses seem to be elusive. So I’m practicing being kind to myself. There is tremendous kindness in a hot shower. A steamy, glasses-fogging bowl of soup, and cat/cow in my pajamas right before bed. xo

  • Reply Ashley May 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    So glad your friend was there to rescue the sweet little bird! We rescued a baby owl when we were kids and it went on to live the rest of its life in the wildlife sanctuary. I hope your little one gets to do the same.

  • Reply Chinedu May 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    What a sweet post. Unusual kindness is rare…doing something nice and selfless for the sake of doing it. No motives or rewards involved. I’m glad it still exists! Thanks for sharing. I hope we can all be kind and generous with our time.

  • Reply Elaine May 16, 2018 at 2:03 am

    We get so wrapped in where we need to go, where we need to be, other’s expectations. When sometimes, it’s better to stop and help someone or something. They are no lesser or less important than what is going on in our lives. This was a very touching post and a good reminder to always help others in need.

  • Reply Stephanie Parrell May 16, 2018 at 6:16 am

    This is a beautiful post. Sometimes we just need a reminder of the simple things and how simple words of encouragement can lift those who need it the most up.

  • Reply David Allen Elliott May 16, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Honestly, I have been so busy and on the go with all of the things I have to do that I just haven’t had much in the inspiration department this week. I just kind of feel rung over the coals. This is really such a beautiful story though. It’s great that he stopped just to help a bird. Very beautiful.

  • Reply Lauretta May 16, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Love this post. One simple act of kindness can mean a lot to someone else.

  • Reply Melanie May 16, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    How lovely. A random act of kindness towards animals or people is always a nice thing to hear about. I have nursed a few birds back to health over the years.

  • Reply Bella May 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    What a lovely post and we visited a bloggers conference last week and was inspired to be kind to others after a ‘happiness’ talk. Kindness doesn’t cost us anything x

  • Reply Rhian May 17, 2018 at 12:37 am

    What a cute story, and it’s good that someone helped with the little bird x

  • Reply Kara May 17, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Awww poor little owl – I rescued a bat not so long ago and made sure we found out whether it made it or not

  • Reply Nina May 17, 2018 at 5:08 am

    Awww I hope he’s okay too. You are right that there are always people out there wanting and willing to help.

  • Reply Akamatra May 17, 2018 at 5:22 am

    My daughter loves owls and every bird she sees. When we read a book about one bird getting hurt she almost cried. I wish she will become a helper when she’s older.

  • Reply Cecilia Keinapel May 17, 2018 at 9:25 am

    What a beautiful post! Music and sunny weather inspires me, and success stories 🙂 Have a good weekend!

  • Reply Izzy May 18, 2018 at 5:14 am

    Sometimes its the little things like this that makes us ponder about life and what happens next. So glad your friend stopped for the birl and hope he’s ok.

  • Reply Stella May 18, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Good your friend stopped to help the bird. We need to show a little kindness like this everyday.

  • Reply Charli Bruce May 18, 2018 at 8:53 am

    This is such a lovely post! I have always said kindness is the key to everything and I always try to make sure that my daughter lives by that too x

  • Reply Tara Pittman May 18, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I am trying to practice kindness more often. I drove 45 minutes to take my father-in-law to the store and reminded myself to do it with a cheerful heart.

  • Reply Ada May 18, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    This is a beautiful post! We definitely need to have a little more kindness in the world. There are so many things happening every day and if we spread it maybe we wouldn’t have so many unfortunate events.

  • Reply Ali May 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    This is so kind when so many would just drive by. Well done for stopping and leaving kindness where you touched.

  • Reply Louise May 19, 2018 at 4:18 am

    This post filled me with such hope. Hope that, one day, almost everyone will be this kind. I see glimpses of kindness each day where I live, but I also see a lot of people ignore the stuff that’s going on around them. When I passed out in the middle of the road last year no-one stopped to help. One guy pipped his horn and swerved around me as I was coming round and trying to crawl to safety, but he didn’t stop to help 🙁

    Louise x

  • Reply AnnMarie May 19, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I’m definitely inspired by this post to write something about a friendly stray cat I met a long time ago! He was a lovely, handsome black cat with a bit of white on his chest fur and while he may not be as affectionate as other animals, he would always lie down beside me when I’m there as a sign of trust. Love that cat!

  • Reply Lesley May 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Beautiful and sweet. Cheers to a world of kindness. There is so much of it out there and we can always be part of that.

  • Reply Brandy May 20, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Kindness is so important. There’s so little of it being spread these days, I am glad you wrote this as a reminder for us all to be kinder to each other and practice kindness because it makes us internally happier!

  • Reply Meg May 27, 2018 at 10:50 am

    I had to share that reading your archives, has been the best way to spend two days home sick in bed. Your advice is thoughtful, sensible, truthful and respectful. I’m a 50 something woman, and I’m learning so much from you and your readers. This blog is a wonderful use of the Interwebs. Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Nick June 12, 2018 at 7:41 am

    thank you. I like you.

  • Reply Anoop Kumar June 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    This is such a heart touching post. I absolutely love those people who are not in the business of grand gestures, rather slowly better the world. Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

  • Reply Nicole July 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Ali, I’ve been lurking here for a long, long time, so I’m finally going to leave a comment. All your posts are so inspiring and never fail to make me want to cook and be a better person. Thank you.

  • Reply Jaime September 3, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I have been a reader and follower of your work for a long time. I started following your blog because of your great love for cookies. Then I realized that food was just a medium, it really is about your writing. You have such a way with words and thoughts

  • Reply Randi October 3, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Love your posts, Ali. Your writing and storing telling always gets me. Every time. xx

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