Recently my grandson was in an accident; he is doing fine but the event was traumatic for him and our family. The experience affirmed for me that Rabbi Kushner is right, I learned from this bad thing. I learned because I shared the story with friends. I learned by being on the receiving end of compassion, a place I don’t often find myself.
‘Hmm, why, why this?’ I ask. Well, I haven’t had many bad things happen in my life; I haven’t had bad circumstances to learn from. And also, it is not my way to open myself up to others, whether it be to share bad things or good things; I work things out myself. This time, however, I asked for listening ears.
I’ve often said that giving and receiving is part of a seamless cloth. Sharing this story to help me be part of this seamless fabric.