Many of you have worked at soup kitchens or with the homeless. Next time, if you haven’t noticed already, that often the people fighting for the food at the front are the people who need it the least. It’s the people sitting at the back, too weak to fight, who need it most. So is it with sorrow and suffering. The people who don’t insist on their sorrow, who shrug off concern with an “I’m okay,” can often be the ones who feel it most strongly.

There is no hard and fast rule to our observations, but we learn a great deal about our neighbors by observing not just what they say or do, but what they don’t say or do.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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