In Writer in Residence

Written by: Collette Cottingham; Anontropolis


Kindness is the one word used to describe me the most…clear back into childhood… it is written in my school report cards.

In Junior High one of my teachers did an exercise where we all decorated a box and placed the box somewhere in the room. Our classmates had to write one word on a piece of paper describing that person. The one word had to be something positive. Well my box was full of “Kind” and “Nice.” I remember feeling disappointed. I wanted more spectacularly words.

Today I embrace these words. My classmates were spot on, “Kind” and “Nice” are naturally who I am. I rise every morning full of happiness and cheer. I feel like a cartoon character singing into the new day. I dance across the room with a funky slide spin. I am excited. My happy energy fills the air.

Even when I am going through the darkest times, I am still kind. I have no reason to spread my darkness to others. I don’t get angry. I can’t even think of a time I was angry. I expel my emotions through tears. A good cry releases negative thoughts and energy. I always feel better after a good cry.

When others have a lot on their mind I listen. I probably can’t solve it, but I can maybe help them to see light at the end of the tunnel. During my dark days it was a beautiful soul who provided the light I couldn’t see. I want to be that light.

Being a kind light is natural for me. Yes I get taken advantage of and people say mean things. Their words or actions can’t change who I naturally am. At the end of the day, I want to be the calmest person in the room, no matter the situation.

Kindness is a gift. People tell me their stories. I find each one fascinating. The writer in me pictures the story as if I was there tucked away in the corner sipping on a cup of tea.

My kindness is something I treasure. I nurture this natural instinct by enjoying the little things in life. I swing, dance, hop scotch, jump rope, sing nursery rhymes and skip. When was the last time you skipped? You should go out and try it. You will have a great laugh and find happiness.


Inspiration Challenge:

Use one word to describe yourself in childhood and one word describing yourself today, are the words similar?


Write On Ladies, Write On



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