There’s a wonderful song written by composer David Friedman called, “We Can Be Kind”. In it, the song lists all the troubles we currently face and asks what can we do when we don’t know what to do? His answer is that we can be kind and that we can take care of each other. Kindness goes a long way. Today, as I left after visiting my older sister in the hospital, weighted down by my own thoughts, I noticed a woman I’d seen earlier in the hallway. She had been talking to a man I assumed was her grown son. As she got on the elevator our eyes met and she emitted a long sigh. I asked if she was OK and she replied that her husband had just been put into hospice, her sister had suffered a heart attack while on vacation in Phoenix and her son, who she had just been visiting, was going to be living with her upon his release from the hospital. Suddenly, my troubles seemed much lighter and I gave her a hug. There wasn’t much else to do or say, but a small piece of kindness helped us both.