My friend Betsy posted that it takes courage to be kind. I really felt that. Being kind, for me at least, is an act of vulnerability. Will I be misunderstood? Will she accept my help? Or will he brush me off? So many of us live behind masks we don’t even know we are wearing. The mask says “stay away” but the face underneath is calling out for connection. We have to step outside our comfort zone and risk not being met with kindness in return. I for one, am far more identified with my mask and amour than I am with my soft heart. My heart is fragile, after all. Perhaps the way to strengthen the heart is by being brave with it, risking injury for the prize of joy.