Kindness Poem

Kindness Poem By Sue Ellson Photo of pink and white flowers in Narre Warren South Melbourne Victoria Australia

Kindness Poem

By Sue Ellson

In kindness I pause
And think before I act
Could there be another reason
For this clear lack of tact


In kindness I wait
And listen for clues
I don’t respond to triggers
I delve deeper before I accuse


In kindness I process
And evaluate the facts
I stop looking for reasons
And avoid making pacts


Kindness to you
Kindness to me
Kindness enables us
To truly be free


Beyond acceptance
Beyond forgiveness
Beyond defensive
Beyond second guess


It allows, it liberates
It sees black through white
Every colour you’ll see
When kindness is in sight


Today, a quote popped up on my social media feed from Roald Dahl.

“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else. Kindness – that simple word. To be kind – it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind – that’s it.” —Roald Dahl.

This was very interesting to me as I have been living my own pact around ‘courage beating comfort’ for quite some time.

But how often do we keep pushing forward with a critical voice towards others or ourselves?

What if we were kind before we were cruel, to others as well as ourselves?

It takes effort.

It takes enquiry.

Perhaps what you heard or saw is not what the person said or did?

Even if it was, were there extenuating circumstances or did you immediately react?

Kindness requires time.

A moment to pause.

Let’s face it, life has sped up so much, perhaps kindness is the pause we all need. With love, Sue Ellson 🙂

Photo is of pink and white ground cover flowers next to the footpath on Dewsbury Court, Narre Warren South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Tuesday 6 June 2023.

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