Friday, March 16, 2012
If you would give your life...
"If you would give your life for your children,
then why won't you live for them?"
Oh my Dr. Phil, what a way he has with words.
Someone I love much is going through a rough patch.
I am not sure why life can be easy for some
and so hard to live for others.
It doesn't matter as I write this post,
it just matters that somehow I continue
to try and be truthful to this person
while keeping compassion in my words, in my heart.
I have realized that sometimes, because I am such
a strong-willed person, I have trouble understanding
why some people just "don't do it", just don't live
their best life possible for their children if not
Do what they need to be to be happy, joyous and free.
Yesterday, it not being the first time I have this realization,
I say to HOBL and a niece of mines,
Some people just can't do it.
It is too hard for them.
Not everyone has the strength to do
what is very obvious to others.
It does not mean they never can do it.
It just means that until they get stronger, healthier,
it is just hard.
So what am I called to do?
LIsten, try and give healthy advice, try to have
empathy for those who are not as fortunate as me.
Today, I focus on Dr. Phil's words above.
To even strangers today my lenten action will be:
"Smile sincerely to everyone you meet today"
Because you just never know who out there is struggling.
Who out there is hanging on to a thread of their lives
in hopes of finding themselves for their children.
You never know what just a smile, an ear, an honest
opinion can do for some.
Not all are meant to advise, however.
I know I should even keep my mouth shut sometimes.
Some of us are meant to just stand on the sidelines
of a suffering loved one and pray.
Yet, everyone can smile...
and everyone, everyone,
should find a healthy life for their children.