Random acts of kindness can be a source of blessing when they come from a place of strength. On the contrary, when we place our sense of wellbeing in someone else’s hands, we lose control. We set ourselves up for defeat when we determine how much we give by what we receive.

A friend shouldn’t have to be told his place, but possesses the sensitivity and security to discern it for himself. He is able to read expressions, gestures and actions — never assuming special standing unless this is explicitly expressed. Jesus instructed his disciples it is more commendable to take the lowest seat, than the seat of distinction. Taking an attitude of humility is a sign of true empathetic listening.

~ vincenzo