I talk with a lot of people, both through my writing business and my volunteer efforts. And I have discovered that this quote from the writer Nick Flynn is absolutely true:"Perhaps everyone has a story that could break your heart."
Think of that today when someone annoys you or slows you down when you're driving or has a strong opinion with which you don't agree or is older or younger or from a different background than you. And maybe even take the time to find out what that story is, and connect with another human being in a way you may not have expected when you left your house this morning.
Sustaining and expanding our capacity to feel empathy is part of what makes us human. Let's not lose that.