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A migrant eats during a snowfall in Belgrade, Serbia.
Source: wsj.com – Marko Djurica, Reuters, January 9, 2017
A strong dose of humility here…and a fervent wish for universal comfort
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If only we could banish human suffering from this planet and all of us live in peace. My heart hurts.
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Mine too Peg. Mine too.
“Life is glorious, but life is also wretched. It is both. Appreciating the gloriousness inspires us, encourages us, cheers us up, gives us a bigger perspective, energizes us. We feel connected. But if that’s all that’s happening, we get arrogant and start to look down on others, and there is a sense of making ourselves a big deal and being really serious about it, wanting it to be like that forever. The gloriousness becomes tinged by craving and addiction. On the other hand, wretchedness–life’s painful aspect–softens us up considerably. Knowing pain is a very important ingredient of being there for another person. When you are feeling a lot of grief, you can look right into somebody’s eyes because you feel you haven’t got anything to lose–you’re just there. The wretchedness humbles us and softens us, but if we were only wretched, we would all just go down the tubes. We’d be so depressed, discouraged, and hopeless that we wouldn’t have enough energy to eat an apple. Gloriousness and wretchedness need each other. One inspires us, the other softens us. They go together.”
― Pema Chödrön
Thank you for posting this image David.
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Beautiful. Thanks for sharing Sawsan. “Softens us…”
I can’t add anything more to the point than what’s already been said. So many suffering right now, in so many places. My mission for today: find someplace close to home where I can make someone’s burden a little lighter today, even if only by eliciting a smile….
Yes. And hope.
this stabs at my heart.
Mine too! Immediate shot.
And we complain when our WiFi isn’t fast enough.
Exactly. Or a scuff on the shoe.
Compassion, softness and an open heart, that’s what changes the world. 🙂
Yes. One human at a time.
My heart hurts. Why? Why? Why? Do the leaders of his Serbia not care? This one humbles my soul. Well done David.
It is humbling Patricia. When I saw the photo, it was like a punch in the gut.
New Seekers – I’d like to teach the world to sing 1972
I want to burn this image in my brain, so when I feel the need to gripe, I remember how trivial it all is. We have a saying at our home….”well, if that isn’t a 1st world problem.” Thank you, David, for this reminder.
So true Roseanne. Tattoo it front and center. Me too!
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