A question came in my correspondence:
“Everyday life offers varied opportunities for giving and sharing. One of them comes when someone lets us know of a critical health condition. What can we do in such circumstances? How can we have a useful approach?”By being sensitive to other people’s needs and desires we become better equipped to respond in constructive ways according to the situation. In many cases, the best we can do is to share our deepest hope. A hope that opens the door to the future… a hope that gives point and purpose to all experience… a hope that leads to understanding.
It is worthwhile to let people know we wish to help in the best possible way and that we are open to hear what that might be. Sometimes our best contribution is just listening to our dear ones. Recently a friend was diagnosed with lung cancer. Through our dialogues she has also given me a gift as she shared what she has discovered: “There is new life within us… waiting to be born.”
A colleague who is now confronting heart problems and severe allergies that prevent her from eating a variety of foods told me that she wishes to let pain be a positive renaissance.
Our gift to others may simply be just being there, sharing with the whole of ourselves.
I will be happy to share my personal approach, comments and experience – related with the attainment of inner peace – to a question you would like me to consider for my Musings. Please send it to my email address.