I wanted to end this series with a positive message, and discuss the only thing that will fix our world, truly — Love and Compassion.
We all talk about love and compassion. Love is a word that is often thrown around with little earnestness. Do we do it because we feel obligated because someone else has said it? Do we actually really mean it? We should mean it, or not say it at all, because it can give the wrong impression, or make us appear as if we are just parrots.
How about compassion? Do we really empathize with others and show them compassion? In today’s world, so many people are hurting. This is just the reality we live in right now. For instance, here are many more homeless people in the world as a result of all the financial strife our country is facing. I see at least 10 of them every day. It’s hard to know which one’s are for real and which ones are just looking for drug money, or are scammers. This is where you have to listen to your inner self. It is a very difficult thing to learn how to tell those who are earnest, from those who are not. But if you have spare change, perhaps you should just give it away, no matter what. In the end, it’s not our place to judge one another. We must judge ourselves by our own actions. It really doesn’t matter if you give money to someone who doesn’t really need it, because it grows us all as people. We shed this judgmental aspect of our being, and foster compassion in our hearts.
I don’t want to talk about all the bad things going on in the world — you don’t need me to remind you of that. My simple message today is that we have to learn to be more compassionate and understanding to those around us. I know that we are all individuals, but as I’ve said we are all One. And when one of us is hurting, sometimes it just takes a kind word or gesture to completely change someone’s mood. And it also means we have to pay attention to our fellow humans. Some people hide their hurt deep inside. I personally am very observant of the people close to me — family, friends, co-workers. It doesn’t help to pry. But it does help to just show the person you care, and be earnest about it. When you say you are sorry to someone because they are hurting,grieving, or depressed, say it because you mean it, because they can tell by the tone of your voice whether you are earnest. If you can’t be earnest, don’t say anything at all, because that will just make things worse. Trust me, I know how I feel when someone says, “Aww…I’m so sorry.” But i can tell they don’t mean it, and that just makes me feel more alone and hurt.
So I am ending this series on Exploring Humanity, and next week I intend to move onto a less serious topic — The Universe. Feel free to suggest something to me. I’m always open to exploring new ideas.
But before I go, I just wanted to sum this series up by saying that the only true way we can change our world, is by first changing ourselves. These short essays were not intended to lecture you, or admonish you. There are many good people in the world, and everyone has good in them — we must believe that though finding the good may take more digging in some, than in others. Reach out to one another, befriend people and get out of your house. Enjoy this wonderful world. Revel in the company of friends and family. Find happiness in each and every day, even if it’s just for a moment. It has been a very rough ride for everyone on the planet for the last decade. But we can change it. I believe this and I hope you do too. If we can truly love one another, then we can accomplish anything.
So I leave you with this final question: Have you reached out and told someone you care about them today — and meant it?