Today’s Reflection ~ Kindness

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato


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You Can Never Tell ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You never can tell when you send a word,
   Like an arrow shot from a bow
By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind,
   Just where it may chance to go!
It may pierce the breast of your dearest friend,
   Tipped with its poison or balm;
To a stranger’s heart in life’s great mart,
   It may carry its pain or its calm.

You never can tell when you do an act
   Just what the result will be;
But with every deed you are sowing a seed,
   Though the harvest you may not see.
Each kindly act is an acorn dropped
   In God’s productive soil.
You may not know, but the tree shall grow,
   With shelter for those who toil.

You never can tell what your thoughts will do,
   In bringing you hate or love;
For thoughts are things, and their airy wings
   Are swifter than carrier doves.
They follow the law of the universe—
   Each thing must create its kind;
And they speed o’er the track to bring you back
   Whatever went out from your mind.

Excerpt From
Poems of Power
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Friends of Mine by James W. Foley

Friends of Mine

Good-morning, Brother Sunshine,
    Good-morning, Sister Song,
  I beg your humble pardon
    If you’ve waited very long.
  I thought I heard you rapping,
    To shut you out were sin,
  My heart is standing open,
    Won’t you
      walk
        right
          in?

  Good-morning, Brother Gladness,
    Good-morning, Sister Smile,
  They told me you were coming,
    So I waited on a while.
  I’m lonesome here without you,
    A weary while it’s been,
  My heart is standing open,
    Won’t you
      walk
        right
          in?

  Good-morning, Brother Kindness,
    Good-morning, Sister Cheer,
  I heard you were out calling,
    So I waited for you here.
  Some way, I keep forgetting
    I have to toil or spin
  When you are my companions,
    Won’t you
      walk
        right
          in?

James W. Foley.

Kindness ~ Quote by Sri Chinmoy

Like kindness, a smile from the heart not only purifies the human mind but also illumines the human heart. ~ Sri Chinmoy

Friendship ~ Quote by Camus

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend

– Albert Camus

On Relationships ~ Quote by Maya Angelou

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  – Maya Angelou

Poem on The Mystery of Love by Oscar Wilde

“With such glad dreams I sought this holy place,
And now with wondering eyes and heart I stand
Before this supreme mystery of Love:
A kneeling girl with passionless pale face,
An angel with a lily in his hand,
And over both with outstretched wings the Dove.”

By: Oscar Wilde
Excerpt from: Ave Maria Plena Gratia