It is upsetting to realize sometimes how self adsorbed I can be.
Sometimes when things seem great
& I forget about my troubles & griefs,
I act like everyone should be happy slappy.
I forget that other people are hurting.
Sometimes when things aren't easy for whatever reason,
I forget that I'm not the only one with hard things.
I forget that everybody hurts.
(And still I tend to congratulate myself for being an empathetic person. Hmmmm...)
Sometimes I get in my car & I hear REM.
And they sing Everybody Hurts.
And I sing, too.
Sometimes I cry.
Because I am hurting, too.
Or because I forgot that other people are hurting.
(And sometimes I just put it on whenever I want.
Because, yes, I love REM. And I do have the 2 disc best of.)
In recent history, we have been sick here.
In a typical virus spreading pattern, the children were sick first;
then the mom went down; then the dad.
Once I got sick & knew firsthand how awful it felt,
I told Scott that I wished I had been sick first.
That way, I could have known how bad the kids felt.
Not that I ignored the fact that they were unwell.
I didn't. I tried to take good care of them.
I didn't drag them around on errands or play dates.
I made sure they rested & drank water & ate oranges.
I gave them fever reducer meds when they needed them.
I just didn't really know, you know?
I wish I had understood how awful it was.
Mostly just so I could understand them.
But even then, I really understand them all the way.
I can never do that for anyone,
no matter how empathetic or discerning I think I may be.
I sorta think I should just remember that everybody hurts.
And I should extend grace,
try to offer a helping hand & give effort toward an understanding ear.
We're all the same, but we're all different.
Nothing happens to us that is not common to man. Others have been there too.
And yet, none of us process it exactly the same.
Only Jesus understands all the way.
But, I can try to remember that everyone has a hurt.
Speaking of hurt -
Are you doing something for the people in Japan?
Is there a relief organization or certain fund that you would
recommend to the rest of us?
I see Samaritan's Purse is on the job. Who else?