Monday, March 21, 2011

Empathy for People Experiencing Sorrow

My life is very comfortable. I have a warm place to live. I got up this morning and turned the heat up to just exactly where I like it. My husband fixed a delicious breakfast. I have enjoyed my reading and feel peaceful from the meditation I do each morning.
I look around outside at the new sprouts of green grass and beginning buds on the trees, and I know that life is renewing itself. From my deck, the sky is a glorious thing to behold. Sometimes, as the sun sets, mixtures of pink, blue and purple blend themselves into a magnificent display of colors, and the world feels right.
My world is orderly and good. But what about those whose lives have been turned upside down in the last few days? What can I do for them? My prayers are with them. Every time I get a drink of water, I am grateful. How many of them will become ill from contaminated water? I am thankful for my bed. I know there are many who don’t have the comforts of home right now.
But are my gratitude and prayers enough? I will also donate through my church to help the humanitarian effort, but I can’t take away the sorrows and pains of others. I can’t relieve their sufferings. Even at home I can’t do that. I can listen and show empathy for those around me, but I can’t reach those so far away.
So what else can I do? I can add love to the world around me. I can sit with my 97-year-old neighbor to show her I care. I can comfort a child with a skinned knee. I can invite those around me to the peace I feel each day by listening and sharing with them. I can pray for myself and others to find wisdom from the things we all suffer. In short, I can add light to the world.
What can you do to add light to the world?

1 comment:

Nichole Giles said...

Great thoughts here. I agree that we are truly blessed.