laura at beentherestillthere introduced me to this amazing merton quote that i needed desperately:
"It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers (and sisters). The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them…. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers (and sisters) for what they are, not for what they say." --Thomas Merton
gentleness, love and affection have been in short supply around here - maybe i need some solitude and silence??