Throwback Thursday #16

I wrote this poem back in 2019 (Wow! Four years ago). It is odd looking back now. I remember writing this poem because I was feeling disheartened by humanity. I had no idea what was in store for me in the coming year. 2020 hit me pretty hard, I must admit. I remember watching the news with my hands in my hair, horrified by the actions of people. People were buying diapers and baby wipes and selling them at double the price of retail stores. I watched a video of the police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, and I watched people riot in the street over a friggin’ chicken sandwich. I was horrified, and I really struggled with my emotions and my former belief that everyone has some good in them. Some people genuinely are evil.

I digress. I wrote this to remind myself that despite the hardness and ugliness of the world, the world was also as soft and beautiful as I chose to see it. I still adhere to this perspective but have some balance in dealing with my fellow humans.

If you are struggling, I hope this speaks to you and inspires you to look for the good. It might be rare, but it is there.

Love & life lessons,


Small Gestures

I believe there is great meaning

behind small gestures−

Paying for a stranger’s coffee

holding the door open for people


and smiling, even when I don’t feel like it

Chasing a child’s ball down the sidewalk

and throwing it back

watching as their eyes light up.

Paying compliments

and being kind

especially when it’s difficult.

People notice

and appreciate

I know I do

when it’s done to or for me.

Small gestures−

eye contact


a simple “How are you?”

For a moment

life doesn’t seem so heavy−

it’s a candle burning on Christmas Eve

it’s a bit of Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.

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15 Responses to Throwback Thursday #16

  1. joyroses13 says:

    🥰 Yes, the small gestures can mean so much!

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  2. Brad Osborne says:

    I can remember that time period. I, too, was dismayed be the behavior of some in our society. They have always been among us, but not always so easy to see.

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  3. I love your writing in this one Kristian 🙂

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  4. I have had some issues dealing with what has been happening to our human race over the past handful of years as well. It’s beyond my comprehension to understand what motivates people to behave in ways that are cruel and even evil. I had to shift my focus, after so many times of doing a small gesture that is seemingly ignored as though the person was automatically entitled to it. I’ve trained my brain to understand that I need to focus on how it makes ME feel to do it, whether or not it’s acknowledged by the recipient.

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Yes, exactly! The world needs people like us to keep shining our light and performing sweet gestures. Everyone will notice, not everyone will appreciate it, but we can sleep peacefully knowing we put some good into the world!

      To quote Martin Luther King Jr. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Thanks for being one of the good ones, my friend. I appreciate you!

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  5. The V Pub says:

    A beautiful poem! Let’s all get back to being kind to each other.

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  6. I felt more relaxed reading this =D

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  7. Never too small to make a difference 🙂

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