Posted by Amoret on Bone and Briar. Great thoughts!
Don’t be deceived by personal presentation. Some will bite on the front end and you’ll never see the kindness coming. Some will bite on the back end; where you expect sympathy you will suddenly get steel.
That is the way of it. Do not confuse softness with powerlessness, harshness with lack of solace.
Do not coddle your own weakness. Listen deeply, and open. There are teachers are all around you.