An emotional moment is a collection of avid thoughts and moving experiences that culminate in an instant. When we are surrounded by kindness, empathy and unconditional service to others, that insight can be overwhelming. I’ve been caught up in such moments repeatedly during my recent visit to Ecuador.

I am exceedingly fortunate to have many loving and personal relationships with my extended family there and so each time I leave, it becomes more difficult.

It’s one thing to humbly recognize one’s own benevolence, to feel fulfilled and grateful for such a gift but to recognize it in someone else is truly gratifying. It’s like stepping out of your own painting and admiring the virtuosity as an enthusiastic devotee.