blog image

A Rash of Kindness

April 03, 20241 min read

I’m flying again after the Pandemic. I dread every trip. So I’ve talked myself into seeing if I can open myself up a little. I challenge myself to look for and see the beauty people bring with them, and to say something kind and blessing to them.

The last time I flew, it was a long trip home. Mechanical delays, late afternoon air traffic, snowstorms and who knows what else.

I walked into a candy store to buy a few (only 4) chocolate covered cherries, and the woman who waited on me had the most beautiful pattern in her braids. I complimented her on it, and asked if the pattern had meaning.

She was grateful for the compliment and asked what I meant. I responded that the people who came before her, who were enslaved, braided messages into their hair to help them escape and move towards freedom.

She dropped her head and I could see her struggling to keep her composure. She said she didn’t know of such a thing, and this was a pattern she saw her great grandmother braid into her grandmother’s hair and her grandmother into her mother’s. I stayed with her for a few minutes, and told her that the message for her personal freedom is seen, and that she is visible. She thanked me, and I thanked her. We hugged.

Even if all I had done was pay her a genuine compliment, it began a string of events that I can only call a rash of kindness. What might happen if we all focused on that rash?

the trauma informed academyelizabeth powertrauma resiliencechangekindnessrash of kindnessbe kind
blog author image

Elizabeth Power

Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. , is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The Trauma Informed Academy(r). "All we do is help people with change, resilience and self-care, and learning to live trauma responsively. And everything is done from the trauma-informed perspective," she says. "Even courses directly about working with trauma are about change."

Back to Blog

Email our Admin:

©Copyright 2023 EPower & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy. | Terms of Use

Featured On...