Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Kindness

My friend Pat Wagner, who with her husband Leif Smith, runs http://explorersfoundation.org/, sent me a delightful quote from Stephen Jay Gould.  “ Good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one.  Thus, every spectacular incident of evil will be balanced by 10,000 acts of kindness, too often unnoticed and invisible as the “ordinary” efforts of a vast majority.” 

My husband usually stuffs a $10 bill into his pocket, so he’ll have money during the day if he wants or needs it. That’s enough to get a flat tire on a bike fixed, or buy a bottle of aspirin, or a nappa cabbage if he should find himself in ChinaTown.  And not enough that he’d be upset if he got his pocket picked.

The money fell out of his pocket at the gym.  Diane, who works at the gym, saw it on the floor and gave it back to him.  This type of kindness is common.  It deserves comment.  We are surrounded by kind people and a few crazies.  The crazies get the newspaper headlines.  The kindnesses are what I prefer to think about and talk about at the dinner table.

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