Monday, September 24, 2007

What I Learned Today

Is that to have empathy for others' pain and suffering is important. Even if you don't know what it is. What? How do I do that? By being patient and compassionate with others' mistakes and weaknesses. Many times, people are going through something unpleasant, and it affects how they interact with others. Or they have been through something in the past, and now they are less trusting, less willing to reach out to others. In any event, they are unlikely to explain themselves, and may act in ways that do not seem to make any sense, if you do not know what is going on/has gone on in their lives.

If you are kind and compassionate anyway, no matter what anyone else does, your humanity remains intact. You have choices... you have to live with what you choose to do with them.

One of the things that I heard was that, in the United States, we are here because we, or someone before us, went through hardship and difficulty, or else they would have stayed where they were :-). I had never thought much about it, but this statement is true. The circumstances that happened that moved us, or our ancestors, to where we are today, are and/or were blessings in disguise.

How can you say that?

Well, think of it this way. We are the ground. The harvest (blessing) is represented by the seed. To properly grow the seed, the ground needs to be prepared, which means breaking it up or plowing it (trouble or difficulty), and then planting the seed. Then the waiting begins, for the harvest. Then, the harvest is ready. But, if the ground was not plowed, if trouble had not come into that person's life, the seed (blessing) would not have been planted, and they would not have reaped the harvest.

Every event in our lives shapes us into the people that we are - good, bad, or indifferent. *How* those events shapes us, depends on our outlook and beliefs.

Whew! This one is a hard one for me... It is true, it makes sense, but I don't want any more pain in my life. The little bit that I get is more than enough for me, but if the only way to break through to a bigger and better harvest is by going through difficulty (I'm going to say here, with grace), I will continue to endure [insert whine here].
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