Another quote from one of my favorite authors, William deBuys, again from his book, The Walk:
And in this world beyond the gates of Eden, if time passes and things keep happening, eventually suffering must intrude; it cannot be otherwise. And when suffering intrudes, still more complexity arises because suffering complicates our response to the world. We can ignore it. We can shut it out or at least try to. Or we can let it in so that we see it, hear it, and feel it, in which case our hearts begin to ache. And when our hearts ache, whether for the refugee, the absent lover, the sick friend, or the ailing forest, we feel them more, and they open wider.
Suddenly we are immersed in an ecology of compassion. The wide and open heart gives more love; the blemished, imperfect thing needs more love. One thing gives; the other receives; they both benefit.
Love to you all,