Today I was thinking about all the people who suffer with problems invisibly.
The ones with crutches, bandages, and wheelchairs – we see they are hurting, we empathize, we cut them some slack in our expectations. But the people hurting invisibly need us to loosen our expectations also.
The vast majority of people with problems suffer invisibly.
I can’t even name all the invisible plights people deal with every day – I came up with depression, addition, deafness, kidney disease, ALS, MS, loneliness, ADD, PTSD, alzheimer’s, diseases of the nerves, Crohn’s and Colitis, and the list goes on. Maybe you can add to the disease list in the comments.
Most people struggling, are asked daily – how are you? They give the automatic response – Fine. They move on, dealing with their pains, and the load they carry silently, possibly inwardly screaming at their helplessness in their situation. But not complaining. Invisibly they carry their problems- the lucky ones have crutches and bandages.
My grandmother told me when I was the wee tyke the Golden Rule – treat others like you would have them treat you, and I understood that to mean; BE KIND, BE POLITE, BE RESPECTFUL, and after all grandmothers know best. 🙂
The Golden Rule is also attributed to Jesus – The “Golden Rule” of Leviticus 19:18 was quoted by Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 7:12 , see also Luke 6:31) and described by him as the second great commandment. The common English phrasing is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Confucius five centuries earlier had his own version: “Do not impose on others what you do not wish for yourself.” … This was one of the guiding principles of life that Confucius taught his followers.
Dave – it’s hard to explain where this comes from except I have a feeling I need to be more aware that others are dealing with their own Goliath, and are doing so invisibly, and doing their best.
Perhaps in our hectic lives, compassion for others including ourselves daily is the best supplement we can prescribe ourselves.
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