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Melanie Dutschke
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Having a soft heart in a cruel world requires strength.  It's certainly not a weakness.  As a child, I was moved to tears by suffering and upset by meanness, no matter where it was directed.  My father wanted me to toughen up and thought exposing me to harshness would immunize me against pain and make me stronger.  He never said so, but this is what I assume.  I don't like to think that he intended to hurt me.

On my grandparents farm I was made to watch heads being lopped off of chickens and puppies drowned when it was deemed necessary for the mother's health -- i.e. more puppies than she could feed.  Farm life is harsh.  I begged to be allowed to feed the 'extra' puppies myself.  I refused to eat chicken.  I was considered weak.

About seven years ago, I met someone who described me as strong and a healer.  I was stunned.  I remember stammering, but I'm not strong.  When others suffer, human or non-human, I feel their pain.  He nodded and said it was a rare gift.  My gift.  This perception of kindness as strength, healed my heart and changed my life.

There's no pride in harshness or meanness.  Those things are easy.  If you are soft in this often cruel world, you are courageous and strong.  A healer.  I encourage you to nurture this strength.

Katy Behr (Katy A.)
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