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When the fruit of an olive tree has reached its ripest, it was plucked to be threshed. Know this that the Place of Anointing is the Place of Crushing.

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Do not despise your pain, its by embracing it that you will see its value. You cannot claim empathy when you have never been there. You care more by much crushing; Your capacity to love shows more by embracing your struggles than by running away from your shame. We often treat others as we treat ourselves.

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