On exchanging little gifts of kindness

This is what a frog looks like when they’ve been hoicked out of a steep-sided plastic water bucket (great for alpacas but not for frogs).

The encounter reminded me of other gifts exchanged on Friday.

During an online conversation, a friend asked a simple question that stayed with me over the weekend. It unlatched windows that needed to be opened and let the light in.

And later in the day, another friend on a group call read out one of my pieces from earlier in the week. The words had been an affirming gift that spoke directly into his situation.

We rarely know the impact of our words, which is perhaps a good thing. Because instead of trying to be helpful (or look clever), we can focus on being with each other.

And being open to exchanging little acts of kindness, even with frogs.