Thomas Carlyle said that.
Sometimes I wonder if I see the world very differently than others. I notice that I spend a lot of time listening (and I mean REALLY listening) to a lot of different people. I feel like not a lot of people do that.
I have the good fortune to have some really amazing people in my life who are willing to share what they know, think, and believe with me. What’s just as important, I think, is that I realize what a gift this is, and I don’t take a second of it for granted.
I am grateful to all of you who read and comment here for being willing to discuss with me some of the (many) things that vex. I have long maintained that one of the primary reasons I blog is for the community; through this forum, I have access to an incredible range of views and experiences in all of you, and I am thankful literally every day that I can post a question or a problem and get thoughtful, considered, and (mostly) respectful and well-meant feedback. Your thinking makes me think more carefully and deeply for myself, and I am honored that so many of you are so willing to engage me in genuine discourse, even if we disagree (which we seem to be doing a lot of lately, but that’s still okay…).
So thank you, Dear Readers, for teaching me, for challenging me, and for supporting my constant and continuing quest to see as widely and as deeply and as compassionately as I am able. I am a better person for having you in my life, and I’m grateful to each of you for the richness, variety, and inspiration that you bring to it.