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02/25/2013 05:07 pm ET Updated Apr 27, 2013

Side by Side

Experience opens us to humility and humility opens us to compassion, which means to suffer with, to keep company with, to be with. Nothing can as strong and soft at the same time as compassion.

Side by Side

Until we trip, we don't understand
why it takes so long to get up. Until
we lose our way, we have no patience
for indecision. Eventually, we land
so close to the shallow breathing of
another that it doesn't matter where
we're from or where we're going, if
we're living like a waterfall or asleep
with our eyes open. The only thing
that matters is the hand we offer and
the assurance that everything will be
alright, though we really don't know.

A Question to Walk With: Describe some situation or feeling you had no patience for, and describe how experiencing that situation or feeling has changed your regard for others.

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