A Lesson For All

As I waited at a stop light for it to turn green, I noticed a man holding a sign on the corner. He was dirty and looked weathered. His sign had the words of desperation, “PLEASE HELP I AM HUNGRY”. As I dug around my car for change, the kids in front of me hung themselves partly out of the car to scream negative words at him. He appeared to ignore them. As I handed my change to him, his eyes looked at mine with such great gratitude. I didn’t know his life story nor did he know mine. I had compassion for his struggle no matter what it was. I was bothered at the kids in the car that screamed profanity at him. My husband reminded me that we are all just trying to live in this world.

A great quote by Albert Eisenstein:

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe , a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty .. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. (Albert Einstein)

Can you imagine a world with no war, no hate, no judging? What if we all had pure love for everyone, no matter of their religion, their race, or their beliefs. I judged the kids in the car before me that screamed profanity at the beggar just as they judged him.

Today, I will try to keep a clear vision of compassion for everyone, everything around me. If I fail at this I can always try again tomorrow. It’s okay to keep trying everyday but when the trying stops is when the compassion stops.


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