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  nonviolent communication 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