It’s interesting how our immediate personal circumstances make us more sensitive to the situations and conditions of people around us. For example, have you noticed that, when you buy a new (or newer) car, especially if it’s a different model from your previous car, you begin to see the new model on the road far more frequently than you had noticed it before?
When my wife was going through chemotherapy and was wearing a scarf to cover her hairless head whenever we went out, I know I was far more sensitive than I had been previously to physical signs that identified some trauma or testing that people were facing at that moment. The same was true when I lost my job six years ago. I began to wonder how many of the middle-aged men I passed on the street were facing similar circumstances. I still do. Continue reading