My planeride back Orycon, I sat next to a guy
who seemed restless and trying to rest, but unable to. A half hour
before we landed, he turned to me and told me that that morning, he'd
learned his girlfriend had been cheating on him. I basically held his
hand for the rest of the trip, telling him that the pain was real, the
anger and grief were real, but at the core of it is a fear that the
That's all any of us can do, or have ever done. Forgive himself, protect himself, and learn the lesson. When the lesson is learned, you can release the pain...and not before.
I used to wonder why I got into such conversations with people. Now I expect it. Just my karma. And dharma. And I'm content for that to be so.