Reminder that a kind word endures

Thank you for your serviceLately I’ve been dealing so much with trying to right wrongs I’ve done and meditating on their reverberations, that it was very timely to get a reminder today that a kindly deed can be as durable too. In the heat of the day, I went to the local HairCuttery to have my hair cut and when I was lead to the lady who would cut my hair I recognized her. She had cut my hair probably last year on a couple of occassions and I remembered her kind demeanor. She is from Erithrea, grew up as a child of the mixed family of a Christian and a Muslim, and her name is Hannah. I remembered that she had done excellent job cutting my hair long time ago but I had forgotten that I had given her something as a token of my appreaciation — a little Thank You card with a quote from the Baha’i Writings.

You can imagine my pleasant surprise to see this card standing in the middle of her working space, on top of a little display. I thanked her for keeping the card and she thank me for having given it to her. I took the liberty of turning the card on the other side to read the quote aloud:

…all effort and exertion put forth by man from the fullness of his heart is worship, if it is prompted by the highest motives and the will to do service to humanity.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 176)

We talked and reflected on the quote and she very proudly said that even though she is neither Christian nor Muslim, having been disappointed to see religion as the cause of disunity, this quote reflects her own values, and confirms her belief in One God and One Humanity. Ya’Baha’ul’Abha!

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