|The Mystery within|
Parker Palmer’s On-being reflection, “An Invitation to Heartbreak and the Call of the Loon,” states “the heart can break open into new life or break apart into shards of sharper and more widespread pain.” Clearly my waiting room teacher demonstrated a heart broken open--one that did not need to retaliate and cause more pain.
I am also remembering now the kindness I heard in the voices of others that encouraged my heart to refuse the victim role when I struggled with abuse and my aging parent’s care needs—a hospital volunteer, social workers, a nurses aid, friends, and sometimes family. Simple kindness, heard in the voice of another, can transform us. So I have been listening to my own voice lately and have found myself responding with more thoughtful words, acceptance, and patience.
What if we could all hear the supple heart of another and let it soften our own?