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Life is fragile.  We are all susceptible to illness, to fear, and finally to death.  No one is exempt.  Often we think that we are alone in facing life's hurdles and challenges, so we feel inferior.  When we learn to see that we are all interconnected and share the same fate, we can learn to see that we are enough.   Deep understanding and compassion can help us to face and manage our fears.  

We don't have to feel inferior, weak, or alone.  Start with yourself.  Look deeply at your fears, hurts, and angers.  Understand your emotions and fears with compassion, then use this understanding to connect with others   

We do not need to be perfect or superhuman to live this life, but we should not try and face it alone.  With a community, we are enough.  We need not wait on someone else to choose us or to save us.  We all have the power within to start, to reach out, to build a community.  There are no valid excuses.

What will you do to ease the suffering in this world?  Will you start with yourself and look at your fears and wounds so that they may be healed?  Will you have compassion and forgive yourself for your mistakes?  Will you use compassion, understanding, and wisdom to transform fear into love?  Will you reach out to help someone or simply be there to share and understand their pain?  Will you swallow your pride and ask for help or compassion if you need it?  Will you share in what it really means to be human?

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11 comments:

  1. What a complicated question, Dan. I think all those responses are needed, each in different circumstances. I believe compassion is the key both towards ourselves any any others we come in contact with. Trust would be another. Trust yourself enough to be open to helping others.

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    1. Trust is sooo complicated. But your are correct Lois.

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  2. We're truly all connected Dan and I do believe that what we have within is what we radiate out to our world, so being compassionate and loving with self translates into taking that energy with us into our world.

    I had one of those amazing blissful moments a couple of days ago, you know the ones that seem to come from no where, for no apparent reason, but your heart and soul are singing in unison and you're filled with love for the world and everyone in it.

    That's the state I want to occupy each and every day. Heck I'd settle for a couple of minutes each and every day!

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    1. A few minutes a day leads to a few hours a day if we practice mindfulness.

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  3. Good post. Doesn't seem complicated to me. Yes is the only response to each question. What else can we do?

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    1. Unfortunately David, we often make it complicated, so we end up doing nothing.

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  4. Starting with oneself is key. I used to think it was all about running around, constantly doing for and trying to change others. That did not help anyone. I had to back up and begin with me.

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    1. When you are well inside you have more to offer, but helping others heals what's inside.

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  5. Great reminders, Dan, and beautifully written. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Tammy, thanks for reading and commenting.

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