"A woman I know, let's call her Dorothea, tells me another story. Every evening she hears her neighbors' baby girl crying in the apartment next to hers. The parents put the child to sleep alone in the dark. The baby cries for a long time while the parents watch television. The baby's desperate crying expresses all her anguish, her solitude. What should Dorothea do? She is uncertain. Speaking to the parents might makes things worse. She decides to sing. Just as she can hear the baby, the baby can hear her. Every evening when they put the baby to bed, Dorothea sings her sweet lullabies, talks to her through thin walls, consoles and comforts her. The baby hears the invisible friendly voice, stops crying and falls peacefully asleep. The warmth of a stranger's voice has saved her from the icy cold of loneliness."
~ from "The Power of Kindness" by Piero Ferruci
We all yearn for the warmth of human contact, whether we are rich or poor, young or old, our need for warmth is hardwired into our being. And just like the baby, when loving human contact is missing, we each, in our own way, make our plaintive cries in the darkness of our loneliness. Fortunately, we each have within us the ability to put an end to this human chill factor. We can do this whenever we reach out to those around us; each time we sing a lullaby or speak gently, or offer a reassuring smile, a tender touch or even a simple look of understanding, our warmth is shared. This is a basic human kindness in which we can all partake. And in a world that tends to isolate and divide, it is also necessary for our survival. It is the one kind of global warming we should all encourage.
May your day be filled with all things good,
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory."
~ Betty Smith
"Enjoy the gifts of peace and joy as you give yourself away today."
~ Kay Stence