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We were born into a cold inhospitable world. It rarely consults us or adapts to our preferences. Moreover, it often assumes a posture of inflexibility, judgment and/or indifference. These insular traits hardly ever get questioned, though no-one can deny their deadening effect. Jesus expressed the inhospitable nature of humanity when he referred to the multitudes. He said they were like sheep without a shepherd.

I understand what it is like to want to connect with someone and yet be unable to do so. Sometimes it is because the person’s character totally contradicts the outward appearance. Sometimes the level of interest I show is not returned. Sometimes he or she just doesn’t know how to deal with a sensitive, artistic temperament. I’ve learned, nevertheless… it is never in vain to show care especially when it is done in a respectful, brotherly way.

Acts of kindness beautify life. They are a source of blessing when they come from a place of strength. It’s never about placing our sense of well-being in someone else’s hand. It is about showing generosity of heart, even in the face of possible indifference. It’s never in vain to show thoughtfulness and care even when someone doesn’t value it. Love avoidance doesn’t make caring expressions less valuable. The failure of someone to respond is a sad reflection of the wounded self.

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