Chris Abani: I was a Wimp. I Cried.

What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion, everyday acts of compassion. –Chris Abani

I was a wimp. I cried for a very long time. And afterwards, he didn’t say a word, he just sat there watching me cry for an hour. And then afterwards he said to me, it will always be difficult, but if you cry like this every time, you will die of heartbreak. Just know, that it is enough sometimes to know that it is difficult. – Chris Abani 

What was his unique style or personality that set him apart from everyone else?

* Survivor *Courageous * Writer *

I believe we’re never more beautiful then when we are most ugly.  Because that’s really the moment we know what we’re made of. – Chris Abani

I remember years later, I was writing about my mother, and I asked her, “Why did you cry then?” And she said, “You know, you can steel your heart against any kind of trouble, any kind of horror.  But the the simple act of kindness from a complete stranger will unstitch you.” – Chris Abani


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