I spent the last week in San Francisco. There’s a lot of talk here about how hostile this place has become. How the wealth gap has created a city of have and have-not’s who are angry and confrontational about it. There’s no lying, the city is filthy and filled with contention. These conditions are only one side of the story however and I’ve witnessed just as much kindness and opportunity for the people willing to seek and sacrifice for it. Modern life is weird. Sometimes it seems like everyone is racing around staring at their phones desensitized from the world and then these courageous people still continue to show up looking for a deeper purpose and meaning. By accepting pain as part of our process we move past our fears and find balance.