A letter from our publisher and author Veronica M. Hay
A friend called me recently to tell me that one of her daughter's
teachers had committed suicide. Needless to say, everyone involved
was extremely upset by this.
Many looked upon this as a selfish act on the part of the teacher.
I thought to myself how quick we are to judge another after the
fact. And how terribly slow we are to recognize the walking wounded
all around us.
The news of this teacher's suicide reminded me of a story I read
about an elderly woman who had decided to take her life one morning,
but someone had stopped to feed the pigeons with her in the park
and the kindness of that one stranger changed her mind and saved
her life. We never know what is in another person's heart. What
level of pain they may be going through. And in some cases, the
pain may be so great that living no longer seems an option to
We may never know the sometimes immense consequences upon another,
of an unkind word, a thoughtless deed, or a hasty decision made
from an unexamined heart.
Each day, everyone of us, has a new opportunity to make a huge
difference in this world. If I had one dream for humanity, it
would be that tomorrow morning we would all wake up with amnesia.
We would then see the world for the first time, with new eyes,
the way a new born baby sees it, except that we would be in a
grown up body.
We would have no conception of what was considered beautiful
or good or important according to society's ridiculous standard
of worth. Everything and everyone would be a blessed opportunity
for us, just the way they are.
Life would be waiting with another possibility
to be all that we could be. Another opportunity to practice the
gift of kindness in every moment. Another chance to rise above
our mere mortal existence and for that one grand moment in time
to walk among the gods. Another
day to love.
~ Veronica M. Hay
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Some of them are just very small, simple kind deeds.
But even the smallest, most simple act of kindness can make a
in someone's life in a very big way. Perhaps by reading about
idea that someone else has done you will be inspired to do the
come up with an entirely new idea of your own. We hope you will
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