When one thinks of kindness, usually warm fuzzy images come to mind. Visions that will fill the soul with love and joy. That is why kindness week is one of my favorite weeks in the course. My whole week is filled with happiness.
This year it has been different. I observed that there is a side to kindness that can be on the sad side.
We found out about midweek that a friend and classmate of ours lost her husband in a snowmobile accident. I cannot even imagine what she is going through at this moment. My husband it the world to me and I don't know how I would react to losing him.
The customary condolences where posted on Facebook with many people, including us, to let us know what we could do for her and her family. Her response broke my heart and the next step became crystal clear.
They use wood burning to heat their house. Her husband was the only one who knew how to fell a tree and use the chain saw to cut it up. When he died, they only had a short supple of wood. She asked for help getting firewood. One of our acts of kindness this week was to find and cut up some fire wood for her and her family. It was the very least we could do. We will be delivering a truck full to her today.
So this year, my observations during kindness week has taught me that it is not always a happy moment when you show kindness. In fact, in moments of sorrow and tragedy, kindness is more needed than ever. Please keep her and her family in your prayers, as she still has young children. Thank you.