April 12, 2014
K is for…
…kindness and kyrie.
Kindness: the state of quality of being kind
Kind: considerate, helpful, benevolent, humane, gentle, gracious, charitable, expressing goodwill, intended for benefits rather than profit
Being kind to others is mostly easy (except when I’m driving—everyone is an idiot when they’re driving near me). The issue, of course, is being kind to myself.
It is difficult to be kind to myself, and so I must ask for help.
Anne Lamott, in Help, Thanks, Wow, says one of her big three prayers is “Help me, help me, help me.” (You can intuit the other two prayers.)
And this is what I pray when I can’t be kind to myself. “Kyrie. Lord, have mercy on me. Lord, help me, help me, help me.”
I’ve been seeing a lot of “kind” posts today. I remember kyrie from my music classes in college. And that one song…
Liz, I think it’s because the world is craving a little kindness these days. Kindness, love, grace, mercy.
I love this very simple, straightforward, repetitive, but beautiful song by Mary Gauthier.
How is it that God is so much kinder to us than we are to ourselves? Beautiful thoughts, Roslynn. Thank you for sharing this paring.
And how sad that I didn’t realize for real until just recently?
I’ve said that prayer a few times! I also become a driving instructor every time I’m on the road. When your challenge gets to R, I hope you write about radical self-care : )
Debbie, I’ll take that an assignment. 😀
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You are very kind with others. May God help us both to be kinder to ourselves.
Oh, you KNOW that’s the biggest struggle. Thank you for your kind words.