Kindness Goes a Long Way

It’s time for Twittering Tales again, where Kat Myrman shares a photograph. Then we write a tale in 140 characters or less inspired by the photo. I will share my three tales and then some thoughts about life, death and showing kindness.

 

 

Old, Wrinkled, Still Beautiful

Her hands were wrinkled, but still a certain beauty lingered about her.
Trouble is it seemed no one cared except her fluffy feline friend.
(138 characters)

 

Grief and Comfort

Her heart was heavy. Her soul mate was dead.
Kitty seemed to sense her pain and refused to leave.
It brought a bit of comfort in her grief.
(139 characters)

 

The Gift of a Pet

Bella loved Sam, a gift from her son.
She laughed at the antics of this furry pet.
He wore himself out, only to sleep peacefully in her lap.
(140 characters)

 

kindness

 

Independence 

If the picture for Twittering Tales this week had no cat it would remind me a little of my mom. Even in her nineties she would dress nicely, put on jewelry and never looked as old as she really was. She did not much care for cats, though, and lived alone because that was her choice. I understand a little bit now why she was so independent. Click To Tweet I didn’t much like it at the time, because I wanted her to live with family so we could better care for her. She was always the strong person for others but it was hard for her to let go and let others help her.

She must have needed to keep the little bit of independence she still had while living in an assisted living apartment. It did work out pretty well for her. I am thankful the workers there were very kind. 

 

 

Coming up in a couple of months is the first anniversary of the day my mother went to be with Jesus. This month marks over twenty years since my dad has been gone. It’s hard to believe so much time has already gone by. There are times when I miss them a lot and wish I could pick up the phone to chat or share some news. Click To TweetI cannot go back and change anything now, but I choose to think on the memories of times we had together. 

 

 

Showing Kindness

None of us is guaranteed another day. Death can come at any time without warning. How much better to spend our days showing love and speaking kindness, rather than bickering over petty things! I pray that we all will make the most of our time here on earth.

We need to listen to one another with a goal of understanding instead of trying to prove something. That might enable us to find points of agreement so we can start working towards more unity.

Simple acts of kindness go a long way. Click To Tweet A cheerful greeting to your family when you awaken each day, a smile for the people around you, a phone call to let someone know you care, a bouquet of flowers to cheer a friend – All these are ways to bring love and make others feel special.

What about you? Would you share some of the ways you have found to be kind to others? We can make this world a better place by showing love right where we are starting with one thing at a time.We can make this world a better place by showing love right where we are. Click To Tweet

I’m linking up with #HeartEncouragement, #LMMLinkup, #ThoughtProvokingThursday.

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16 thoughts on “Kindness Goes a Long Way

  1. Dear Gayl, These are such sweet thoughts that you penned. You are so right that we never know how much time we will have to be together. And this: “How much better to spend our days showing love and speaking kindness, rather than bickering over petty things,” is such a good approach. My prayers are with you, as the anniversary of your Mom’s passing approaches. I also have such bittersweet memories, even when we are thankful they are with the Lord, we miss our parents so much! May the Lord bring His comfort to your heart, my friend! xoxo
    P.S. I also love the kitty stories! Those little creatures become such gifts to our hearts!

    • Thank you so much, Bettie. Your words and prayers are always encouraging to me. I’m reminding myself of the importance of kindness and not let little arguments creep in. It’s sometimes hard, but so much better to be kind and show love.

      Yes, I’m thankful my parents are with Jesus and I will see them again one day, but you’re right I miss them a lot. Thank you for your prayers.

      Glad you like the kitty stories! 🙂 Blessings to you, dear friend! xoxo

  2. Hi Gayl! I really enjoyed the Twittering Tales…what a fun (and challenging) way to write. Beautiful words about life and death. I lost my father last summer. As difficult as it is, I’m at peace knowing he is with Jesus. Thanks for sharing <3

    • Hi Mandy! Thanks for visiting and I’m glad you enjoyed the tales. 🙂 It is fun and challenging, and I enjoy writing them very much.

      I’m sorry about the loss of your father. It’s never easy but it does help to know our parents are with the Lord. That does give us peace knowing they are in a better place. It doesn’t take away our grief but does help to comfort us.

      Blessings to you! Have a great weekend!

  3. Gayl, I love the thoughts Kat’s Twittering Tales photo image has stirred in you! And the reflection on kindness is so needful, yet so often neglected. We seem to have been on a similar wavelength this week, because kindness also featured in my latest Words of Joy post. I guess God likes to emphasise the important things to pay attention to, yes? Only with gentleness and kindness, of course!
    These words stopped me in my tracks: “None of us is guaranteed another day” as not only being true but also profound in their implication. With that thought in mind, how well we should be aiming to live for Christ! Much to ponder here… Thank you, dear friend. xox

    • Thanks, Joy, I’m glad you like them! Yes, I was reflecting on kindness and how important it is to be kind in our words and actions. I think you are right about how God likes to emphasize important things and how He puts similar thoughts in our minds. That way when we read each other’s posts the thoughts are reinforced.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and giving me encouragement with your words. Many blessings to you dear friend and fellow poet! xoxo

  4. So beautifully written. I miss my father. Loss seems to be a theme this week in some of our posts at the #LMMLinkup. I am glad though that we have our Jesus to see us through. Thanks for linking up this week.

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