Recently I saw a status update on Facebook. A friend had taken a pic of a menu she saw in a hospital and posted it. The caption read that it was taken at a hospital in a given city. Of note is that the friend does not live in the city where the picture was taken. It was taken it her home town. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, the very interesting (and yes sad) thing I noticed when I viewed the thread was that all of the comments were on the menu items featured in said photo. No one had taken the time to inquire why the friend was visiting the hospital in her home town. I know….”Tee I don’t like to pry in people’s personal business.” I understand. I truly do. But I also understand that one doesn’t need to be privy to all of the particulars to at least inquire as to whether all is “ok.” There is an old adage “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” We are all busy- all absorbed in our own lives. That being said, it is sometimes necessary for us to step outside of our own box to see what is going on in someone else’s.
‘By taking the time to make the simplest of inquiries one would learn that the lady is indeed at the hospital for some serious reasons regarding her closest relative. The challenge is to not merely see the subject of the photo but the more important message of the caption. While a small few may interpret your inquiry as nosiness, I guarantee most will appreciate the concern expressed- especially if the question is posed tactfully.
You see sometimes it is when we are swimming in our muddiest waters, that we are called forth to pull someone else out of the quicksand. I personally believe it is God’s way of 1) showing you that it’s not all about you, and 2) that by stepping outside of yourself you will recognize that your situation, whatever it may be, is not as dire as you think. By ignoring the opportunity to do the above, we are actually doing the greatest disservice to ourself. We are self-absorbed, pouty, and listening solely to the voice in our own head. Our opened eyes allow us to hear the voice of God say to us “It’s ok. Everything will be ok. Bless this person as I bless you.”
Life is a circle- not linear at all. We give and take from one another. Others give to us and we give back to them or pay it forward, but it is all about working together in life. It is essential that we connect with others around us. Sometimes it is not an opportune moment, but that does not excuse us from extending ourselves in service to others. After all we are but one large community. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is shrinking around us.
As always, I welcome your thoughts on the matter, but as several of my friends are fond of saying “we all we got.”
Spread love… peace and blessings.