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“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”        

—– Augusten Burroughs

 

goldfish in a leaking bag

When people come together, we speak of that which we must do, the time it will take and the need to achieve or complete something. Each person wants to be useful and productive in some way.

Sometimes we share a long conversation or only brief comments in passing. But, the true nature of a person is evident in observable behavior, the few words he shares, and how he says them. While speaking with someone whom I respect, he said that he had a call to make that could easily take him half an hour to complete. I thought for a moment and asked him “Why? Because you would have to be nice and ask how they are?”

‘Yes,” he said, ‘It is a flaw.’

I have seen this person show so much compassion to others. He is someone who considers others’ feelings and knows that when there aren’t enough words, a comforting hug is an act of kindness.

I don’t know why he felt as he did that day. Perhaps, he was tired, and trying to conserve his mental or physical energy. Perhaps someone had said something to him that caused him to rethink how he thought of himself or his attitude.

But I could never be sorry to observe his warmth and empathy.

I lowered my voice to him with conspiratorial trust, and a rueful smile, and said “Then, I would rather be flawed.”

 

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