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How to Change Your World with Empathy and Compassion
Jan 21

In a World Full of Fear, We Desperately Need Compassion

By Steve Austin | catching your breath , Messy Grace , Recovery from a Suicid... , relationships , Self-help

Grace Can Be Heard in Any LanguageI finished teaching my weekly sign language class and felt my nerves subside. I’d been sick over this class, in particular, all day. Those who know me personally would find that odd, considering I’m a very outgoing person, entirely comfortable in front of a crowd, and I’ve taught classes […]

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Dec 07

The Deaf Man Who Spoke Grace to my Heart

By Steve Austin | Messy Grace

His fingers silently wove a tapestry of grace in the cool night air as he told me that he had heard the rumors but those words meant nothing to him. “Because I know you. I know Steve,” he said to me. I thought the old man might cry as he let me know how glad he was that I made it through the suicide attempt. He asked me to no longer put him and his wife in the same boat as the others who had turned their backs or given up on me. He told me that he wasn’t interested in the gossip.
What he was saying is that I mattered. He did not believe the words of those who would spread judgment. He believed in me.

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