We often feel short of Kindness in our lives. We are at times brusque with someone who is vulnerable, distant when another needs our warmth. We jump too quickly to the cynical interpretation; we take a little too much satisfaction in the follies of other people.
We don’t quite realise how our words may wound. And, of course, there are many times when the world and other people are not sensitive and responsive enough to our own needs, hardening our hearts and setting off a vicious circle of humiliation.
Of course, we very rarely deny the importance of kindness in principle. It’s just that, under the pressures of daily life, we forget to actually be kind. When we are lonely, and indifference or too many blunt unflattering assessments come our way, we can find from the doll – via a glance, or even a quick squeeze under the pillow – a small but charged dose of the compassion and acceptance we crave and deserve as a reward for being normally troubled human beings in a complex world.
Other Virtue Dolls in the series: Bravery and Calm.