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  •  a possible path to reflexive kindness (8+ / 0-)

    I created a promise for a novel I wrote about solving some of the problems we face. It was this: "I promise to help, the best I can."

    Well, I made that promise way back then, and it has truly made a difference in my work, in my marriage. If you go into any encounter with that as a root rule, I suspect that the potential for reflexive kindness grows.

    Note that the promise is "the best I can." There are times when my best can be pretty damn surly--so I keep it to myself as much as possible.

    Thanks for this post.

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