Today I was reminded again of the truth of a well-worn saying attributed to Wendy Mass: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about." And I was reminded that it's not just true for strangers I brush up against in passing, or people in obvious distress. It's also true for dear friends, close family members, intimates in my life. Even the people I think I know the best have internal struggles and burdens which they fear to share with others.
So. I'm trying to be more kind. I'm trying to be patient. And most of all, I'm trying to be brave enough to share long-held and closely-guarded burdens with loved ones. It's not easy, but I'm beginning to realize that it's crucial.