Could kindness be the way?

Fiona Robyn, published novelist, psychotherapist, creativity coach and blogger at Writing Our Way Home extended an invitation to join her in a celebration of kindness.


As a practiser of Β nonviolent communicationΒ and lover of all things kind, in and out of work, I enthusiastically agreed to join in.




This is what arrived when I sat down to write, with kindness in mind.


The small kindness


I’m tired and need a rest

So rest I will

And take a load off


Mask off

Professional face, hair, clothes, shoes. Off

Professional language. Off

Appearance of coping with 10 hour day plus travel time on top then domestic duties on top again. Off

Need to hold still and attentive while grown men spill tears of stress from overwork and fear of no work. Off


One day’s worth, off


What of tomorrow

And all the tomorrows after that

If anxious during, and flat, dull, depressed afterwards isn’t to become the norm

Or are we already too late for that

A bigger kindness is called for, an entirely new way

Now. That’s worth giving time and kind attention to



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  1. Posted November 28, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Hi Pauline,

    What a touching post. I love your poem and the idea of kindness sometimes being a striping away, an offloading of cares, ours and others. even if for just a while. Just beautiful.

    Happy Small Kindness Day!


    Pauline Reply:

    Awe Dave, thank you so much for visiting and for your kind words.
    I’m especially honoured as if I has a small field as lovely as yours, I think I’d rarely leave it πŸ™‚


  2. Posted November 30, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    πŸ™‚ Happy to read this post! It’s a great way to see that small kindness. We need days like that! πŸ™‚


  3. Pauline
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Hi Kathy, thanks for visiting. Indeed, days with small kindnesses, are much needed. We’re agreed!


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