Let me be. Kindness unwanted is unkindness. [Hecuba from The Trojan Women, 1971]
Talking with my brother yesterday he shared this: Kindness unwanted is unkindness. I decided it was his brilliance, yet when I Googled it this morning I learned its origin. It was said by the character, Hecuba, in this long ago film, when others were trying to help her up…
When I found the Let me be part, I was astonished. It is gently putting things back together inside me, these long ago words, and I am deeply grateful. Sometimes it is so hard to BE who we choose to BE in this Life and this World. Everyone wants to “help” and offer “advice.” Yet what I most want and cherish is the people who Let Me BE, even if they don’t understand or agree.
NOT everyone agrees with my choices. NOT everyone agrees with Mum’s choices. Their caring and kindness can actually hurt and even hobble. And of course that is NEVER their intent.
Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one. [Harry Callahan from Dirty Harry, 1971]
Yes. And most of us walk around offering up our opinions about people, places, and things that are really None Of Our Business. Keep your eyes on your own paper, Now that’s something to aim for…
I love you, Currie