Today’s forgiving journal is being touched by kindness.
This post is in response to Dutch Goes the Photo’s theme for this week’s challenge: Human Spirit. (I had trouble inserting the link, so here it is: https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2016/06/14/tuesday-photo-challenge-human-spirit/) Also it’s inspired by Nikki at A Kinder Way (https://akinderway.com/). Thank you both for helping me see so much beauty today.
I was walking in the subway station today, on my way to my third meeting of the day. I was getting pretty tired (it had been a long day with a lot of expansion in the heart of Manhattan!). As I was changing subways, I saw a woman with a sign for “Hugs”. It was in response to what happened in Orlando.
I was so touched by her willingness to reach out and touch to her fellow NYers. In a city that doesn’t often stop, I was witness to how her act of kindness moved people to pause and to truly, truly connect…
What I love the most is her clear leap of faith in the goodness of humanity. She stood there with a sign in the middle of rush hour in NY and held steadfast in her love.
I have so much emotion, judging myself for thinking I have no idea what my own sign says. How can I even be thinking this when there are so many worse things out there happening right now?!
Time for forgiveness!!
1 – Self-forgiveness: I forgive myself for judging myself for thinking I don’t know what my sign says. I forgive myself for judging myself for yet again making it all about me. God, this is uncomfortable.
2 – Letting go: I am letting go of any need to be perfect. And all the ways I doubt my process of forgiving. And any need to know what I’m doing when I feel like I have no idea what I’m saying.
3 – Gratitude. I am grateful for the way I let it all hang out with this forgiving blog. I am grateful for stopping on that subway station today to be with this amazing woman. I am grateful for her courage to shout her love from the rooftop (or the subway).
I don’t know quite what I’m doing with this blog post. What I do know is that I was touched by this woman’s kindness, and her dignity, and that of each person who stopped to hug her.
I love you. (Maybe that, my friends, is my sign 🙂 )
ps – I had some trouble with formatting this blog tonight…hopefully the essence will come across. ❤