As 2011 comes to a close, I'm reflecting on all of the kindness I've been blessed to be the recipient of this year. And most of the things I'm celebrating aren't tangible things so much - compliments, support, comfort, warm fuzzies, hugs, encouragement, smiles, love - though this little pillow decor from one of my students and her family IS pretty special. Its powerful message is one that I want people to feel when they're in my office and take with them when they leave: Scatter seeds of kindness.
There's also a book that I discovered this year that brings me happiness called Max's Magic Seeds by Geraldine Elschner. And while there's nothing magical about flowers necessarily, this little boy's simple act totally transforms the village with color and life that it feels like magic. Get this - even Aunt Betty was in a better mood; such a nice kindness metaphor! Happy scattering.