There is a book in the radiation waiting room. It is simply a blank page and people fill it with whatever they want. I read many stories written here. For seven years, women chose to write messages of encouragement. I did not find one entry that was negative. Hundreds of women, in the midst of the most trying moments of their life, chose to stop and express a grateful heart.
If one thing has been magnified during this process, it is that kindness is alive and well in our lives. If I asked you to tell me a story of kindness in your life, that might be hard. You may need to think back a week, or a month before you come upon a memorable act.
When I was sick I needed help with every daily task. I did not have set expectation of what people should do for me. Every action was new and so I recognized each effort. I did not feel a guarantee that someone would show up with dinner. I did not feel entitled to babysitters every weekend. I did not expect cards in the mail or flowers after a hard day. Instead I accepted each action as one of kindness.
My new situation brought new perspective. I found that kindness is alive and all around me.
I encourage you to not wait for a season of difficulty before you seek out the kindness in your life. Let my experience change your perspective.
Set aside your expectations. Look for kindness and you will find it.