In comparison to others, I’ve had a very lucky life, although not completely without pain. I know that it is not right to rest on laurels without trying to help others not so fortunate I’m trying to learn about respecting the diversity and stories of others. In so learning, I sometimes blurt out stupid questions or comments without first thinking of the impact they’ll have on others. I feel so stupid about this! I feel that I will forever be an immature rube. I want to step back and remain with my own “kind” as a result. I can’t do this. I am trying to love the part of me that seeks kindness, compassion and change. I’m trying to understand the part of me that needs to grow. Thanks, Robert; this post about loving self in spite of or because of self was just the inspiration I needed for (another) fresh start.