Of pain and sight....

Poet, Naomi Shihab Nye writes:

"Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, 
You must know sorrow as the other deepest thing." 

It never ceases to amaze me to learn that some of the kindest, most open people I meet have been through intense pain.

When you spend time with these people, you can see their depth.  They are perceptive. They see.

Our world moves so quickly.  People stream by.  Drivers cut us off. Clerks serve up apathy. People speed through from inconvenience to inconvenience with a low volume of grievance against the world.  It creates a blindness to the beauty of the human soul.

There are also myths at work.  Myths of what "should" be.

Sometimes, it feels as if we live in two worlds with one on top of the other. The physical world of what is seen and the invisible world just beneath it.

It occurs to me that the world beneath is more honest. And that the plastic veneer of status, apathy, crisis and annoyance is readily pierced .

I enjoy spending time with people who see. The conversations are not only deeper, but also kinder.

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