In the NOW we can cultivate a practice of compassion. Said another way, we can train ourselves to automatically SEE the suffering of others and often relate to it or be moved by it or both.
The woman on the other end of the line had a slight tremor in her voice. A tremor not of illness or disability but one of fear, uncertainty and depletion.
Faced with a terminally ill husband, she is for the first time in her life unable to leave for any period of time and needs so very badly a reprieve from the constant demands of being a caretaker.
I couldn’t help but feel moved by the appreciation in her voice when I told her I’d be happy to drop by for a couple of hours when she needed to attend to errand or social engagements. It sounded as if a weight had been lifted from her chest at this confirmation and I hadn’t really done anything to help yet.
Compassion can lead us to new realizations of what actually matters in the NOW.
Sometimes just a small action (like plain old listening) or a reassuring word can make all the difference in the world.
Simple yet profound.