I paused for a moment, my heart heavy in the knowledge that I had almost scrolled past. Heavy with the knowledge that he was someone who shared a closer connection with me than I could have known before reading the post. Would it have mattered less if he had turned out to be un-related? No. I think I met him at my Great-Aunt and Uncle's house once when I was around twelve. The truth is I would have been touched by his story, related or not, and I would have felt a call to help in some way in either case. But it was a great lesson for me on connection, and I obviously needed a reminder, with my sentiment that I deserved to avoid a sad story without considering that the sad story was one another person was currently living. We are all connected. We are all one. We are all important enough to warrant each others time, compassion, and energy. Namaste
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