Sometimes, we're reduced in the space of a word to talk. Just plain talk. We make changes, we do things to improve our lives, to become better, less self-centered. But a single instance which cuts to our core and all thoughts, like a shield in the arm of an experienced soldier, turns our world back toward ourselves. It's relatively easy to be unselfish when you're happy and nothing is hurting you. No sooner is a harmful word spoken, however, but we are in the thick of the struggle, either giving up or desperately seeking God's help to overcome the waves upon waves of selfish desires rising on every side.
God help us all.