I had tears in my eyes as I read the article on Vogue.com.au. My heart was struck not only by the fact that some of us have challenges and struggle so hard for what the rest of us simply take for granted. My heart was also struck by how one person’s choice and efforts can make such a big impact on the lives of people.
The world today is expectedly tough. Our survival instincts are tested everyday only for our lives to be a chance game, a mere prey of time and unforeseen occurrences. I’ve seen it happen. I’ve been intrigued and humbled by the vanity of it all. Who we are is so much our choice, but so much not so. This morning, as I read that article it hit me again…we are all toiling the same ground. We all are victims regardless of whether we are rich or poor, famous or not, powerful or pauper. We are all of us, each and everyone of us in the dark place of struggle.
But each one of us also has his/her light-to share. Our light is a single burning flame, frail but not fickle. We choose how we use it. It is our power. Our Truth.
When you look in the other person’s eyes I hope you see yourself somehow. I hope you realize that they could be you and you could be them. And if places were traded, and you really got to walk a mile in their shoes, what would you want You to do for you then? Would you want kindness, a little more empathy, would you want forgiveness, a little bit of assistance, or a great experience for a beautiful memory? If the trade was reversed and you became yourself again, are you empowered with a different perspective? Would you use insight to act differently? Would you choose kindness over insensitivity, forgiveness over grudges, empathy over apathy? Would you chose to use light to give hope? Would you chose to give someone a memory they’d treasure forever?
It’s easy to look around and find affluence. Social Media would have you believe that life is all about working hard, making some money or a lot of it and showing it off on Instagram. In truth, the reality of our life is that it is not perfect. Winning, losing, love and heartbreak, a lot of money and a lack of it, health and sickness, life and death are things we all see and sometimes experience, each and everyone of us. That in itself is a humbling fact to contemplate. So that we realize, we are really are not better than the other person next to us. We are just privileged to be better off with the privilege we each enjoy. And when we truly understand that, I hope we reach for our light and light one another up with our lights, each person one soul, each soul the other, and every soul the world.