A changed outlook towards others

 

A kick in the pants
My daughter is a little kick in the pants for me. I’ll have the typically daily moments when you could become extraordinarily irritated at a salesperson or someone on the phone, but most of the time I feel like I’m inspired to take a deep breath and reevaluate my desire to scream at this person. Most of the time, I succeed in holding myself back from being obnoxious. Most importantly, she has inspired me to be a compassionate and forgiving person.

A whole new world opens to you when you have a sick child and you realize suddenly that most people, most of the strangers in the subway, in the restaurant, in the movie theater, on the sidewalk, have a story and have personal pain that you can’t see. It was a whole new world, a parallel universe opening up to me. Everybody here has some personal pain. Some of it may be as large as the death of a loved one, or the profound life threatening sickness of their child. That alone is reason enough to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. It’s given me a much better sense of nuance and has added facets onto people for me.

Mother

 

A whole new world
Cameron has inspired me to be a compassionate and forgiving person. A whole new world opens to you when you have a sick child and you realize suddenly that most people, most of the strangers in the subway, in the restaurant, in the movie theater, on the sidewalk, have a story and have personal pain that you can’t see. It was a whole new world, a parallel universe opening up to me. Everybody here has some personal pain. Some of it may be as large as the death of a loved one or the profound life threatening sickness of their child. That alone is reason enough to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Mother