Recently, I dined with a friend that I hadn’t spoken to in too many months. As we chatted, laughed, and played comfortable catch-up, she mentioned that she’d gotten her first tattoo!
On her inner left forearm, are two words, bí cineálta. They are capped on each end by Celtic knots and sprinkled with shamrocks that represent her closest family.
Tattoos are something I’ve discussed before. I don’t have one, but I’ve been present a handful of times. I feel connected through other people’s ink. I wasn’t with her when she received hers, but the message behind it really hits home.
Bí cineálta means Be kind in Irish.
As she told me about how she’d decided on this message and design, she stroked the art.
The message is universal, timely, and beautifully rendered. It’s a visible reminder that no matter what’s going on, kindness is always the correct response.
After our lengthy visit, I found myself subconsciously rubbing my left forearm.
I will do my best to honor your ink, Linda.
Thank you for sharing your message.
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