It's cold out tonight.
This evening I walked past a woman wrapped up in what looked like a few blankets or sleeping bag..sitting huddled between two shops. Perhaps she would be gone by now.. moved on elsewhere.. maybe somewhere warmer.
As I walked past she said to me.. " Hiya babe.. have a nice evening.."
I said.. "You too!"
As soon as I said it.. I felt odd.. although it was an immediate and natural response, her situation made me wonder if what I said was inappropriate.. or just plain stupid.
I was surprised by her 'chirpyness'.. her friendliness.. we just so happen to lock eyes at the same time and smile.. she doesn't know me, but offered her kindness anyway.. with just a few words, that felt to me very sincere..genuine.
I guess we've come to recognize each others faces now..over time
It was nice, so much so that I thought of her again this evening. Wondered how she was.
Most people want and need kindness, a word or gesture, a look or thought. it doesn't cost a thing.. it's priceless.
She made me think anyway.. 'grounded me right up'
Kindness can choose it's own behaviour.. may even look so alien, that we cannot recognize it at first glance.
Perhaps we don't trust it