It's been a pretty intense week around my community of friends. One friend's cousin committed suicide. Another woman, a friend of mine and a very close friend of other people I know, also gave up hope and took her own life. One of my friends lost her baby in the first trimester. There are a lot of heartsick folks in the network around these people, folks who are mourning and asking themselves if they could have done more. My heart goes out to them. It is an inconceivable thing. It never fully heals, that kind of loss. The Middle East has erupted into war and there was a homeless, hungry raggedy man who was begging outside last night. Yesterday a friend rescued a baby bird wot was broken and got it to a bird rescue, after people walked by for two days and did nothing. All around, at every level, there is sorrow and pain.
So I got to thinking about humanity and suffering and the world around me. There's a lot that's broken. A lot of suffering. It takes a lot of forms. We can't fix every thing and we are not going to be able to heal every hurt. I recognize and am square with that because if I weren't, I think I'd go mad. I don't take on all the world's woes. I want equal measures of joy in my life as well.
My take on it is, that if we knowingly walk by suffering without pausing to assess what we can do, then we lose a little piece of humanity. We are not always going to be able to do anything. Our circumstances, whether it be money, time, teapot on the stove, distance, not understanding bird anatomy, whatever, these circumstances may preclude our being able to help. But we must stop for a moment and make the determination.
When we realize that we can help? That we can alleviate that one piece of suffering out of all the suffering in the world? Then we *have* to stop. We have to fix that one piece. You know why? It's our piece. It is the one we are destined to fix or carry, whether it's a broken winged bird or a human (known or unknown) in need. If we pass that by knowingly, we are diminished a little bit.
We are not always going to be able to solve every problem or fix every hurt. We are going to walk right by and miss a lot of opportunities to do that, because that's what happens. But we can keep our eyes open. And we should try to fix the pieces we can, when we see them, one at a time. One broken wing. One phone call. A blog post. A ride on your bike rather than a trip in the car. An email. One fax to your senator. One dollar bill in a cup. You will fail to repair more than you actually do mend. You will see an opportunity and not act quickly enough and it will pass you by. More will be broken than you can bear. Do not lose heart. Just do what you can when you find the broken piece you were meant to fix. Consider it your destiny on the level that, you are a human being living on the planet with other creatures.
We have to repair our bits and trust that others are going to pick up the pieces we cannot. One at a time.
And that's what I think about that.