I saw a message from my best friend, Eva. My jaw dropped. A million questions flooded my head. It all seemed so sudden. "I
Somewhere, there is another young woman hungry for the fruit that hangs on the highest branch of the tree, the very apple
And I just can't stop thinking about her. (Mothers and children wait to be seen at the Medishare clinic in Marmont, Haiti
Hana got engaged and married at the height of war. That was her way of saying, "I have a life of my own and I will not allow
Our culture, too, supports us in the notion that if things get too complex, we should move on to someone or something else. It is only through going down more deeply into our relationships that we receive the life waters that truly nourish. The commitment to drill down more deeply can take us to the real fulfillment that we long for.
"Empathy suffers from jet-lag -- it often wakes up only after it's no longer possible to do anything to help," said my father, a man who lost many relatives to the holocaust.
Photo: UN Women Cambodia/Lisa Taieb The project on sexual harassment gave me courage to take a stand against this violence
I say now to all of those, including my wife, who became romantically involved and soon fell in love with a person who suffers
We're complex beings, and there is always more to learn. Caring is more important than "knowing." Are we interested, receptive, curious? The element of surprise can fuel a sense of newness and add excitement when we're open to it.
The critical aspect of becoming a caregiver, therefore, is not deciding to take on the role, should we choose to do so. It is making the choice to care; accepting the responsibility, surrendering to it, and even embracing it as an opportunity.