I think kindness is one of the most under-rated attributes.
Even used sparingly it is one of the things any of us can do to ease the path of another.
Unlooked-for and unexpected kindnesses can make even the greyest days brighter.
I've been watching for kindness all week.
I found examples every day - little things that made my heart sing, put a smile on my face, made my day.
My husband stopped on his way home to bring me coffee, a friend offered to look after my children so I could go to gym class, a text message commenting on the letter I wrote to the paper, comments on my blog, the grocer guy offering to carry my stuff to the car, the understanding smile from another mother when the 3yo let rip with yet another tantrum at the beach.
More amazingly I've watched my children being kind to each other. Even in the middle of their long holidays when they've been thrown together far more than normal they are treating each other with respect and kindness. Letting the 3 year join in the card game even though they know he will wreck it before the end, giving up the favourite red spoon to a sister, letting someone have first choice of the lollies; - watching out and caring for each other.
I value kindness. This week I've been more aware of it than usual - but I'm always grateful for it.