A coworker who enjoys sending upbeat word-art to perk up our team attached this cute cat picture to an email recently, and my first thought was that it would be just right for a Nurturing Thursday post:

Cat picture word-art that says "Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back."

When I started writing this entry, though, I wasn’t sure how to relate it to anything I had done this week. My workdays had been pretty quiet, and it didn’t seem like I had given away much kindness or that anything in particular had come back—at least, not that I could think of. Mainly, I’d been trying to get more sleep and to give virtual hugs to my insecure younger self whenever random memories of old mistakes came to mind.

Then I realized that kindness to oneself is central to Nurturing Thursday, so it was just right after all!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. Indira Mukhopadhyay

    So beautiful message. It sure does.

  2. Absolutely — self-kindness continues to provide positive ripples within ourselves and outward towards others. <3

  3. Loved the picture and the quote! The way you give kindness to your younger self is great, I will start practicing that too when memories of mistakes surface.

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