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People are kind
Sometimes those
You know very little
Or not at all
Are kinder than kin
Warmer than those you were born to
Wiser than their age
They courageously cross barriers
Face their own vulnerability
To offer you help
Because they care

People are kind
Like the woman in the stairwell
Who stopped to touch my shoulder
And with furrowed brow and concern
Asked: “are you ok?”
Because I dabbed at my eyes
Her kindness moved me
I felt like I mattered to a stranger

People are kind
Like my Instagram friend
Who, in the dry desert of friendship
On the lonely plains of social media
Chats with me
Listens and responds
And always takes my side
She is kind and loving
We help each other

People are kind
Like the woman at Lifeline
I spoke to last night
I was overwhelmed
By colliding waves of pain
She guided me back to shore
And back to myself
With a combination of compassion,
Simple practicality and wisdom
She eased my suffering

People are kind
Like the stranger who drove past
When I was out walking
On the dirt road by the farm
At sunset one night
She slowed down to check that I was OK
Offered a friendly smile and a wave
I felt protected

People are kind
Like my new friend on Twitter
Who helped me out of a crisis
When no-one else could
While my thoughts were all tangled
A hot zapping mess
He offered wisdom, reflection
And a friendly kind ear
I felt seen and heard
I felt important

People are kind
Sometimes those
You know very little
Or not at all
Are kinder than kin
Warmer than those you were born to
Wiser than their age
They courageously cross barriers
Face their own vulnerability
To offer you help
Because they care

Be one of those people

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