I came across this book at the Oakland airport–waiting for a flight to New York–on my way to Europe for the first time.
I needed something to read in order to pass the time, and this title, “The Power of Kindness” by the famed philosopher Piero Ferrucci caught my eye.
I was at a transitional point in my life–recent college graduate–no career in site.
I was taking this trip with my girlfriend at the time, and although I knew we would never overcome our differences, this book offered me a sanctuary to introspect on my past.
I would be lying if I said that I have always been a kind person (still working on it), but I have come a long way on my journey to becoming more compassionate.
My father always encouraged my brother and I to be competitive, and stand up for ourselves. As I grew up, I started to see people as opponents–obstacles in the way of getting what I wanted.
Piero Ferrucci taught me how to see people for who they are (people), and not as quantifiable commodities.
I am still a competitive person, but this book allowed me to realize that most people are on the same team; hopefully everyone will be, one day…
For this, I am eternally grateful. Thank you.
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