I have known individuals who are like ducks when it comes to hurt-it seems that hurtful things simply roll off them and fall harmlessly to the ground, as rain does off the feathers of a duck. They have this beautiful ability to acknowledge the pain felt by those who are spreading the hurt, and express compassion, kindness, love, and forgiveness to those who would wish them harm. Their hearts rest much closer to a place of true love, a place where fear, control, and selfishness do not exist.
The lives we lead are largely defined by the love that exists within us and around us--the love that is given, and the love that is received. And if we can overcome our fear, worries, and doubts, and admit that there is love within us for all things both temporal and spiritual, our lives will be enriched and transformed in ways we cannot even fathom.