Having Compassion in an Age of Passion

A LIBERATING FEELING—ALLOWING OTHERS TO BE WHO THEY ARE Jim Ryan ONE EVENING, WHILE GIVING A TALK at the local library on my favorite topic—how to find “simple happiness”—I  was telling a story about a woman on my block who would never acknowledge me when our paths crossed. I would always give a friendly wave as I passed her  during my walks or if she came by my house as I was doing yard work. Each time she would look away or put her head down, averting her eyes. I couldn't understand why th[...]
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