Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Taking Care Of Each Other

This was my Buddhist Thought For The Day on Google:

Buddha: If you do not tend to one another then who is there to tend to you? Whoever who would tend me, he should tend the sick.

I had an opportunity to help a sick friend over the weekend. While this is someone I don't know very well, I couldn't help but feel compassion for their circumstance - as someone who lives alone it can be a little overwhelming to fall victim to an illness that truly renders you debilitated, even if it's only a temporary setback. I'm very fortunate to have my brood of Mama Hens 3.5 hours away and, if need be, I can send out an S.O.S. and know that help will arrive in 3:45.

I didn't help my friend because I had an expectation of reciprocity, but I'm not surprised this lesson was reiterated to me so quickly after. I have found that when circumstances and events make a profound, reflective impact on you, they manifest for days and even weeks - maybe even a lifetime - as life-guiding totems.

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