Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Just this week, for the first time I watched a popular online video, This Is Water, adapted from author David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. Maybe you have seen it; the link is below: Read more »
Several years ago, when I worked as a bereavement counselor, I'd often receive puzzled looks at parties when people I hadn't met before asked where I worked. "You're a grief counselor?" they'd ask. "But isn't that depressing?" Actually, I'd say, it's just the opposite. One of the many things I enjoy about counseling those who have lost loved ones is that it brings a constant reminder of my own mortality. It's a wake-up call, reminding me that time is fleeting and precious. Some may call this morbid (well maybe just a little bit!), but I consider it inspiring.
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