Friday, December 22

“No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted.”
— Aesop

Today’s Excerpt:

When is it easy to be kind?

Read this story about a traveler who showed kindness to a dog.

Kindness Toward Animals
(Adapted from the Muslim Hadith)

Once there was a traveler who was in dire need of water during a long journey. His lips were parched, and his throat burned. When he finally found a well he saw that it didn’t have a rope or a bucket, so he had to climb all the way down to get a drink.

After feeling refreshed, he made the difficult climb back up. That’s when he saw a dog that was panting and licking the ground out of thirst.

The traveler thought, “This dog is suffering just as I have suffered.” So he climbed back down into the well, filled his shoe with water, and held it in his mouth as he climbed up. Then he gave the dog a drink.

Questions for reflection:

  • How did the traveler show kindness?
  • How can you show kindness to animals?