“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou I recently experienced the viciousness of this world. We experience viciousness in some form again and again throughout life, but it’s always interesting to me how it catches me off guard. I’m startled and defenseless each time. No matter if it’s a small, passing viciousness or one that escalates and takes on a life of its own, the sharpness of the pain is always just as sharp.
It wows me how you position yourself at the intersection of literature and philosophy, Grant. Just like the rest of my all-time favorite writers.
In a world that could use a lot more kindness, this is a great reminder of how powerful compassion can be. It was such a lovely surprise to see this on my feed! Thank you Grant :)
Thanks for this. For transcending your pain in such a beautiful way. I needed the example.
Love this. Kindness is intentional. Imagine choosing kindness over fear...
What an inspirational post Grant. Thank you so much for sharing--the quotes, the stunning poem, and your insights 😍
This is good stuff. My fave: "Kindness is a grand act of the imagination..." Amen brother! We rise above. We decide to be magnanimous. We choose to see the good. YES.
Beautiful post. Thank you.
Your musing on attention makes me wonder if you've ever tried that Buber exercise of mentally addressing every living thing you see -- tree, chipmunk, pigeon -- as "thou." Sounds goofy but can be transformative.
Love this so much. Thank you.