“To develop this mind state of compassion is to learn to live, as the Buddha put it, with sympathy for all living beings, without exception”.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, now Saint Teresa of Calcutta, once said that if you can’t feed the world, then feed one person. I think I have a better than average awareness of what is going on in the world. The world is full of war, famine, poverty, and corruption. I know my middle class life is very comfortable compared to much of the world’s population. In my heart I feel empathy and sympathy for all the suffering in the world. I also feel overwhelmed by it. Sometimes I get what I call compassion fatigue. I have heard it said that each of us is called to deal with whatever is in front of us. This is the work of life and we are called to share in it. When I was young I never imagined my life as it is today. Though nowhere near as difficult as many other people’s lives, I’ve had some share in the curve balls that life can throw you. My own needs are few. I am usually content with whatever is. When I am not I try to not complain. If I do complain I get over it quickly. In all fairness I do not usually seek out people or situations that require intervention although I know there are many good people in the world who live to serve others. Their lives are dedicated to serve the needs of mankind. My youngest son has dedicated his life to the spiritual and material needs of others. In my own small way, I try to never turn away from others. Sometimes this doesn’t get beyond family. Others times it may include friends, co-workers, or strangers. If I can help I try to do so. If you have capacity to help others, you should do so too.
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