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I ABSOLUTELY AGREE!!!! Big hug for xilaren! |
The poorest dirtiest person on the street may have some experience or wisdom we can learn from if we are open to hearing it. And on the other hand, even a rich person, who I think I may have nothing in common with, may also have something valuable to teach me.
When I worked with the elderly in the US I realized that everyone is valuable. An old person who can hardly walk, has trouble hearing, doesn't understand how to work a computer, etc, can offer wonderful 'pearls of wisdom' as we call them. (an oyster is actually a bit ugly, but inside is a beautiful pearl, so "pearls of wisdom" refers to unexpected bits of wisdom.)
And here in china, I can't speak the language very well, so EVERYONE is valuable to me! Today I was looking for a place I couldn't find, so I asked many people in chinese, and just those small few exchanges were valuable to me. And the old crooked-toothed door guard downstairs who always shouts at me because he thinks I'll understand him better if he's louder taught me a new word tonight, "ti", to kick a ball or something.
And of course, xilaren, I know you are referring to things greater than just learning a new word.
EVERYONE is valuable.