‘Love and concern for all are not things some of us are born with and others are not. Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds. We can choose to transform our minds so that they embody love, or we can allow them to develop habits and false conceptions of separation.’ (Lovingkindness)
What comes up for me when reading this is also allowing ourselves to do this imperfectly as we try this transformation. I am often brought face-to-face with the limits of my compassion and empathy, but I try to stay with the place of wanting to do better. I will never forget how constantly Blanche worked on this in the final years of her long life.