Kindness as an Antidote to Pain

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”, Marcel Proust.

This is an article of mine which was recently published in Fibromyalgia Magazine (Feb 2018).  In it, I put forward the idea that even (and especially) if we have a chronic health condition, it is important that we become ‘gardeners who make the souls of others blossom’!   Here’s the pdf file of the article.

image used with thanks from ‘natureworks’ at Pixabay.


  1. A very long time ago (37 years) I might have asked “why me” too. When it comes to mind nowadays, I tend to think “why NOT me”.
    Sometimes I think we are only given what we have the strength to cope with.

    1. I know. I’ve come to view it like that too. My husband keeps saying God doesn’t give you anything you can’t cope with! And it’s true. Thanks for your lovely words.

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