I had tears multiple times today.
I found myself overwhelmed with people I have in my life right now ... people I can actually see and touch and talk to and have coffee with and swim with and who share their kimchi freely.
The conversation continues to happen. Some of these people in my life blow me away. They see the labels and the judgement that some have, but they also openly stop and say, "But I'm being judgmental, because that person is only reacting based on where they are and what they know and their life experiences." The words coming out vary from person to person, but the undercurrent is the same ... over and over and over again ... for days now.
My brain continues to explode as I have several people, in face-to-face conversation, owning this. Recognizing their own need for patience, instead of knee-jerk reactions.
Amazingly, this little mass of conversations are with pockets of individuals whose paths do not cross. Their only connection is me. Yet, they are all speaking the same truth. They are all reinforcing in me this need to be open and kind, even when others aren't open and kind. Each person has talked about their own attacks and their own defensiveness. Some are inconvenient. Some are life-shattering and deeply painful. Yet the same authenticity came from each voice.
And I am listening.
Blown away to have such wisdom in flesh in my presence ... all around me ... in so many different venues. It also sucks, because when I want to be pouty and pissy, they're going to remind me not to get stuck there, and be patient with the process of another. Since the same message is coming at me from so many directions, I can't just ignore it. *stupid wise friends, holding me accountable to truth - grumble, grumble*
Still. Crazy beautiful.