Kindness.......I am amazed when I witness it, I am brokenhearted when I see it ignored. The quickest way to lose my respect.......purposefully treat someone unkind. We are all living human beings, searching for warmth, shelter, food, love and kindness. We all experience bad days, we all have dark moments, we all at some point surrender to anger.......but even in the worst of moments, try a little kindness.....it works so much better than harsh words.
Rick and I were in Johnson City Tn for the Johnson City Folk Festival this weekend.......and kindness seemed to be almost epidemic. Everywhere we went, people were so kind. It was a long hard trip, exhausting yet so rewarding......the kindness of strangers was a refreshing comfort. The hotel where we stayed, the musicians we met, the audience who listened to our music, the gas station attendants, and the Krystal where we had breakfast this morning.......it seemed a wave of kindness swept across the city and caught us right smack dab in the middle of it.
We came home tired, happy and beaming with goodwill and love for our new friends and their home town.
Maybe it's the mountain air, or cold streams or the altitude, but their kindness made us want to spread a little of our own......wouldn't it be nice to start an epidemic of kindness this week, to spread a blanket of kindness from my hometown to yours, to touch every person we meet with kindness.......an epidemic of kindness.....it could happen.