The Kindness of Strangers

A Blessing in a Crisis

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Ghandi

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On the way home from the airport a few weeks ago our car was totaled in a hit and run DUI accident.  It happened in a surreal instant but the sights and sounds are imbedded in my brain.  I never knew that an accident could be associated with a color but mine was white…  The truck that struck us, the truck that followed, the airbags, the shattered glass, all white.  The sound was an ear shattering combination of metal on metal, squealing tires and breaking glass.  I have no explanation for the odd calm I felt through the entire incident.

What struck me profoundly was the incredible gratitude I felt and continue to feel.  The kindness of strangers and the willingness to serve another being in times of need makes my heart swell.  At 10PM on a Sunday night 3 cars stopped with their own distinct purpose.  One to see if we were ok, the other followed the offender and reported details to the police and the third stopped to comfort us…  Two police officers stopped to help the officer who was cleaning up the road…  The drivers of two competing towing companies helped each other put the cars involved on tow trucks…  This was a demonstration of incredible kindness.

I believe this was a gift, a reminder that life is precious and that goodness abounds.  I am grateful because seconds could have changed the outcome.  I am grateful because we were able to kiss our children good night as they were snug in their beds during the whole ordeal.  I am grateful that my husband and I held each other all night.  I am grateful that we walked away with some minor injuries.  I am grateful for insurance.  I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.  I am grateful for a new perspective.  And, I am grateful for another day of life.

Wishing you well.

Tracy

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Nurturing Creativity

The Magic Of Coloring

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou

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My daughter and I took a trip to Michael’s the other day. As we entered the store we were met immediately with a display of coloring books and colored pencils designed for adults. My daughter, a prolific drawer, squealed with delight as we approached the lovely covers of over a dozen coloring books. I, myself, could not contain my “oooohhh” as I zeroed in on the beautiful books that featured mandalas in particular.

This morning I incorporated ten extra minutes into my morning routine to nurture my creativity. I set the timer, as I remember “the zone” pre-kid days, where hours would pass in the loving arms of inspiration. I carefully chose the colors that called to me and set off into the mindful activity of coloring. The stress of the morning quickly dissolved as soon as I put pencil to paper and I felt incredibly present as I chose the perfect pencil to represent each line. When the timer went off I was left with the lovely beginnings of my first mandala, free flowing ideas for my daily writing and a delightful start to what might otherwise be considered a dreary, rainy day.

I used to think that coloring was cheating and that to be creative I had to create something new but with this thinking I wasn’t being creative at all. The beautiful thing about coloring is that it can be done any time whether alone or with your children. What better way to spend quality time with your child than to create something beautiful. I continue to learn that I can do many of the things I used to do pre-kids in more compact amounts of time. A 30 minute walk, 15 minutes of yoga, 5 minutes of meditation, and 10 minutes of coloring now constitutes my morning routine. Yes, I have to get up at the crack of dawn but I start my day knowing that I have given to myself first. This in turn is a gift to my family and anyone else I encounter during the day.

Wishing you well.

Tracy

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