Reaching out

| August 23, 2010 | Reply

Lisa Rokusek often writes for Dangerous Intersection. She also writes for her own website, The Rhino and the Buddha. Lisa and her partner have made a cottage industry of reaching out to help others, including cats, and dogs, but mostly to other human beings.

Lisa is a good friend of mine and she never ceases to impress me with her willingness to keep trying, sometimes against all odds.  I’m not trying to embarrass her by saying this, but merely indicating that some of Lisa’s bouts of empathy are endeavors that I would be hesitant to attempt. Framed with quotes by Pema Chödrön, Lisa’s most recent post, “No Guarantee,” is a charmingly well-written but less-than-satisfying episode that ends with several important observations:

Sometimes we sow seeds we don’t get to see grow. Sometimes we expend effort and it has no impact. Sometimes little things we do without noticing make all the difference.

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Category: Altruism, American Culture, Community, Friendships/relationships

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich and his wife, Anne Jay, live in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where they are raising their two extraordinary daughters.

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