The kindness of strangers

There are some people who have the power to outweigh all of the evil and injustice in the world. Well, in my world anyway. 

These people make the sun shine on the darkest and gloomiest of days. They bring a sense of calm and peace to my heart. They leave me lost for words and in awe of their kindness. 

I am finding that the people who have known hard times themselves have the kindest souls. It seems unfair that they have had their own struggles, but perhaps those struggles have shaped them into the wonderful people that they are. I hope so, because I hope that I’ll come out of the other side of illness and be as thoughtful and selfless as they seem to be. I believe you have to become selfish to survive chronic illness yet these people have found the balance.

I haven’t met some of these people and yet they have touched my life in a way that makes me wonder if my life was perhaps a little empty before it was interrupted by illness. 

They are the people who run online support groups, and the people who notice when I’m ‘quiet’ on twitter and wonder if I’m okay. They are the people who send text messages with the simple words ‘I hope today is okay.’ They are the ones who send comments about my blog. They are the people who use their precious energy to write poems and make bracelets and handmade trinkets and send chocolate supplies to others. They are the people who put aside their own suffering to lessen the suffering of others. These people are inspiring and uplifting and restore my faith in humankind.

They are the people that shine the brightest. Despite the bleak fog of illness their light has not been diminished.  

These people are gold. These people are you. 

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