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The power of kindness

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Resurgence is a bi-monthly magazine published in England .. I have read it for a long time. It's not mainstream in terms of "glitz in the news" but it is absolutely mainstream in terms of how we on this planet work to achieve a sustainable, peaceful world.

The themes Resurgence cover  resonate with my own interests - like environment, social justice, arts, ethical living and more. 

The "and more" in the March / April issue is a story that really deserves to be shared. Kindness has long hands, kindness heals the souls of people, kindness restores the trust in the human race. I have re-produced the story below. I really hope you enjoy it, courtesy of course to Resurgence.

 

 

 

 

"The power of kindness

 

In 1863, on a spring day in Northern Pennsylvania, a poor boy was selling goods door to door to pay his way through school. He realised he had only a dime left, and that he was hungry. So he decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman appeared at the door. 

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked "How much do I owe you"

"You don't owe me anything" she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said: "Then I thank you from my heart".

As Howard Kelly left that house, not only did he feel stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strenghtened also. He had been ready to give up and quit. 

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. 

Dr Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. 

When he heard the name of the town she came from he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went in to see her. He recognised her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case. 

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr Kelly requested that the business office pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take her the rest of her life to pay it. Finally, she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read the words: 

"PAID IN FULL WITH ONE GLASS OF MILK"

(Signed) 

Dr Howard Kelly "

The seed of kindness is in each and every one of us. You don't need to wait for others to be kind to you. You don't need to be kind on special occasions. Kindness is a way of life! Most of all, be kind to yourself! 

 

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