Direct from the Director: Small Kindnesses

This past Friday, we held our first Professional Development Day of the school year. As our entire system engaged in learning, a very special thank you to our central staff and our school staffs who planned and took part in the learning.
As I shared earlier the theme for this school year is “Faith Embedded. Faith Witnessed. Faith Renewed.”
The following reflection Small Kindnesses by Danusha Lameris was recently shared with me. It reminded me that one way in which our faith is witnessed is through those small acts of kindness, those small acts through which can make a big difference in the lives of others.
Danusha Laméris: Small Kindnesses
I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead—you first,” “I like your hat.”