We all know kindness when we see it—
Let another motorist in your lane
Help a senior master the ATM machine
Buy a child at the store some penny candy
But when we treat ourselves kindly:
Is that selfishness? Egotistical?
Or is it self-love, long neglected, most often totally ignored?
Unkindness is out there in the world—
Swearing, bullying, self-centered acts
That put a bad taste in our mouths
But there’s also a place for kindness
Of the sort that energizes, validates and uplifts us,
That tells our inner world that our self-worth stands
Equal to our brothers and sisters
For inasmuch as we give generously to others
We must also give to ourselves