Carpe Diem Seven Days Before Christmas 2015 #7 don’t be afraid (meditation)
True peace may begin with a single act from a single individual. Each of us has that capacity to show true compassion, if we are afraid to act and only talk, aren’t we just a noisy gong.
peace among nations
may start with a single act
I have to say I was stunned at the Christmas eve service when the people behind me were whispering about how it was a shame ____ was sitting by herself. I looked back and did not recognize the woman. I waited for the other ladies to do something. That was all that their compassion allowed. I quietly got up walked to the back of the church and sat down next to her. I only whispered.” I thought you might like someone to sit with.” There was a hint of a smile briefly on her face.
on a cold night
a strange lent his stable
for a humble birth
I do not say this to thump myself on the back or to admonish others. I do not tell you this to say that I am more spiritual. What I want you to be aware of is how often we have missed opportunities to show a bit of love and human compassion. If we recognize a need and do nothing about it aren’t we to beheld accountable. If we can’t show a bit of compassion within our own community how do we expect others to tolerate of our religion.
True peace is not just a lovely sentiment on a greeting card, it is not a pristine surrounding. For true peace to spread we must step out of out comfort zones, get a little dirty, show others they are important and that we care. We must hug the dirty children, listen to the lonely, and share a bit of ourselves.