“Pain is the great equalizer. It brings us all to our knees. It makes us more humble and sensitive to the needs of others. Pain is the greatest teacher on planet earth. It undermines all hierarchies. It dissolves social status and invalidates material riches. It brings everything up for healing.
If you have touched your own pain deeply, you know this. And you feel great compassion when you see others in pain. You do not need to push them away, nor do you need to try to fix them. You just hold them deeply in your heart. You offer them a hug and some words of encouragement. You know that they are going through.
The world builds people up and it takes people down. There is no permanence in the world. Fame and ignominy, poverty and riches, happiness and despair run hand in hand. You can’t experience one side without experiencing the other. If you think you can, you are in denial.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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