Someone I know recently lost a loved one. This person is a hard personality for me. I virtually always disagree with him and find him to generally be abrasive, passive aggressive, and narcissistic.
It’s humbling the effect of another’s suffering can have on you. All of that animosity fell away upon hearing news of his loss. He doesn’t know it, but the parts of my heart that have been broken by my own sufferings reached out to his broken heart, and silently and invisibly they wept together. I felt, as Joseph Smith was reported to have said once said, the desire to take his cares and sorrows upon my own shoulders, and cast his (supposed) sins behind my back. Continue reading