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the kindness of my city

13 November 2013

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As a person with a disability I can be on the receiving end of nastiness and discrimination. I choose to spend more time focusing on the good which I’m sure contributes to it multiplying around me. Gratitude begets gratitude. Oh my, it can make my heart explode sometimes. Just this morning my dog and I set off to do some errands down the street. The grocer asked me where I have been, that he had asked his sons if they’d seen me. He had missed me. He leant in for a kiss on my cheek, gave me some grapes and passionfruit and passed good wishes on to my husband. I started smiling. Grinning actually. I carefully cross the road to the deli and the owner helps me choose my items. We all wish each other a good day and I am smiling still. A customer says I have the door open for you and again I’m thanking someone for their kindness. A few doors down to the bakery and the lady comes from behind the counter to give me change and have a chat. My eyes happen to fall on strangers smiling at me as they pass. I wonder how many smiles I miss, but boy do the ones I see touch me. Now to nourish my husband while he works from home – with all this fresh food that has been lovingly sold to me. I am still grinning.

5 Responses
  1. November 14, 2013

    A smile can change the world. I will smile more (even grin!). Lovely post Lucent

  2. November 14, 2013

    Keep smiling that beautiful smile!

  3. November 14, 2013

    Welcome home! So good to hear of the warmth of your first shop visits back in your neighborhood. I am sure the goodness of your local foods will be especially delightful after your travels. Oh, and I absolutely love that jumping shot of you in Iceland. Looking forward very much to your travel photos. It’s nice to have you back here too. ox

  4. November 15, 2013

    What a welcome home you had from your local community.
    Sarah x

  5. December 11, 2013

    This passage warmed my heart. I am now smiling, too.

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