A couple of months ago, a Syrian refugee family moved into the apartment below mine…
I didn’t think much of it, as I keep a lot to myself , apart from I was happy they were now safe and that no one, let alone the kids who seems to be the only ones speaking Danish, should experience war and having to flee, with all that comes with it.
Then suddenly a couple of Sundays ago there was a knock on my door.
I went out and opened and there was the youngest kid in the family standing with a plate with a bright pink piece of birthday cake – he said that it was for me and my son because his sister had her 11’th birthday that day.
I thanked him very kindly and told him that we really appreciated the gesture – that it was very kind of them to think of us
A few hours later, after the cake was consumed, I went down and knocked on their door to give them their plate back.
My son loved the cake so much that I asked for the recipe but as the parents didn’t speak Danish and their kids were sleeping, I couldn’t make myself understood.
After that, I kind of forgot it until
There was the father of the family, standing with another plate for me, this time full of kebab and red peppers.
As I can’t speak with them, I’m not sure how come they feel they want to feed me, but I truly appreciate the gesture of inclusion and kindness…
And more importantly, it made me remember that no matter how isolated we feel, or how far away from home we are, there is always warmth of heart from those whose mind is opened and heart is gentle, despite what trials they have been through.
That an extended hand can show itself in many forms, and even a small gesture can truly save another fellow beings day.
And that culture and language barrier does not have to block for the universal language of kindness and friendship.
It can be hard in our busy day-to-day life to remember, but what if we all took just a moment to flash a smile to those we pass in the street?
Or, as “my” Syrian family, extend a hand through small gestures of food to include and build bridges despite cultural differences?
Acts of kindness and inclusion is very much a conscious choice. We can even act kind towards those who we feel have wronged us.
Kindness is a powerful healing energy, as it can heal even the deepest of wounds, not just on those receiving, but certainly also in those who give
Have you been in the receiving end – or remembered to give lately? Even if just a smile to a stranger?
Let me know in the comments below.
I feel blessed ❤
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