Some people came over to visit me because the other day. One surprised me, because it was the second time that she had visited and this time she brought a friend, who also surprised me. She surprised me because of the compassion she showed. I had known her as a nice person, who was fun to talk to. The compassion was a surprise and a pleasant one at that. The person she brought with her I had known professionally, he is a lawyer, who does a lot of work with disabled people. The surprise is how nice a person he was. I had kind of expected it because of the work with disabled people, but I was surprised by the depth of it. Of course this is reflection, I was just plain enjoying their company while they were here and it caused even more reflection. Each person I have my life has taught me something and if I look there are positive things to come from each person I meet. This is not dissimilar to Will Rogers "I never met a man I didn't like" statement, but it takes more work with some people.
Frank - I learned true compassion - no more to be said
Marie (Frank's Wife) - I learned that a person can be weak, very sensitive and very stron all at the same time - amazing
David - How to laugh
John - how to approach things cautiously
Walter - How to care
Margarita - How to accept a compliment or a gift graciously
This is my short list of the closest people in to my spirit -there are many others and I have learned good things from each one.