Saturday, March 8, 2008

Needed Inspiration

"...At L'Arche, there is almost an asymmetry of communication because the members are disabled and so you enter into their space and end up discovering what's really important in life. We all tend to inflate our own importance." Listening and being present for another actually reveals the three lies that we often live by and that cause us pain, says Reimer: the lie that we are what we have, the lie that we are what other people say about us, and the lie that we are what we do for a living. In listening, we reveal deeper truths about the primary force in relationships: today I trusted someone. Today someone trusted me. Today I was able to give something significant to another.
from "Why Good Things Happen to Good People" by Post & Neimark

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