“Be kind. Everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden.”
– Rev. John Watson
In working with other people – whether colleagues, customers, managers, or even competitors – don’t forget for a moment that each has a “difficult story” of grief, pain and concerns inside of them, and each is, from his or her own point of view, “carrying a heavy burden.” Just as you do and as I do, too. It may not be obvious, but it is near certain, just as certain as the fact that pain, grief, loss and fear are parts of the human experience of life. In fact, understanding this truth is an integral message of each of the major religions. Being kind does not mean being foolish, subservient or vulnerable; it does mean being aware, wise, understanding, and strong, each of which is key to a truly productive and humane life, and navigating it to your own best life.
This quote was shared with his viewers by Anderson Cooper, the CNN host, in a recent interview. We thank him for it.
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