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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 3, 2018 at 7:12 am | | Reply

    Wow, Susan.

    No words can really express it, but this is a very powerful piece. One thing you learn in prison (and which you’ve clearly learned without going to prison — except to do your job) is how little capacity people have to bear witness to what is actually happening in our world — and to all of us living in this world. And you have that capacity, and the heart to be willing to be with what is, even when it is as brutal as this.

    While it’s a strange word to use, the word that comes to mind is “lovely.” I find it lovely that you are willing to put yourself in these situations, with these people, and to face and feel it with them. It would be easy to call It “courageous,” but to me that doesn’t convey the heart that is so obvious in this interview. And my heart is moved and engaged in response.

    Perhaps the most important lesson I’m learning through my own process is the power of simply being willing to be with what is, whatever that may be, and however we may feel about it. Almost all of us seem to be trying frantically to get away from the myriad things we don’t like or are afraid of, and through this understandable but backwards strategy, we virtually ensure that we will remain trapped and limited by everything we are not willing to face, both within us and around us.

    I don’t feel at all bummed out by listening to this. It’s hard to describe, but I often find it encouraging, even liberating, when someone is willing to face and be with an aspect of life as deeply as you are doing and describing so eloquently here.

    Thank you. It’s lovely.

  2. Kelly Green
    Kelly Green April 7, 2018 at 9:20 pm | | Reply

    Secondary trauma. It’s not clear to me how to survive it. I’m not sure it’s possible. I’m not sure why we are so cruel to each other. I’m not sure about any of this.

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