Have you ever wondered what brings life meaning? What makes us live a life that matters instead of one where perhaps we are judged by how much we accomplish monetarily? I believe man does not just live by care for himself, but by love for others.
I have learned a profound lesson; not only in the last ten years, but throughout my whole life. I am still here, not only by the Grace of God, but by the love and kindness shown me daily by the passerby. I have learned that all men live, not only by care and love for one’s own self, but by love for them that is in other people.
As an adult, I have seen many corners of the world and I have observed that love for others is universal to people of all faiths, as well as those who subscribe to no particular faith. We have seen evidence of this in the aftermath of the Tsunami that devastated Sri Lanka and Indonesia, as well as in the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the United States. We see it every day when strangers will jump in a rapid moving river to save a drowning child or a young man will put his own life in danger to stop a robbery and murder at a local store.
I grew up in a religious home with religious traditions. When my grandmother had a stroke and was unable to care for herself, my dad, along with his siblings, took her in and cared for her. At times, it was difficult; not for those caring for her, but for her having to let others take care of her. She was in her mid-80’s and her health was waning. She felt she was a burden and many times just wanted to be left alone. She didn’t realize that by allowing others to care for her as she had devoted her life to them, was a gift.
Unfortunately, I am all too familiar with those feelings. I have wanted to be left alone many times. But that only hurts the ones I love and those who care for me. I have learned that to become independent as a quadriplegic, I must be willing to be dependent on others.
I have always been much more comfortable on the giving end. However, life presents each of us with unforeseen and unplanned events that alter what we thought life would be. We must accept these changes and move forward with courage and grace. We must allow others the opportunity to give.
I believe everyone has something to give and that most people are willing to give when they see the need. I also believe we can do something for someone……..right now.
Take this opportunity – this moment – right now to do just that.