“Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone – Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” ~ Adam L. Gordon Source: Diana at http://talktodiana.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/kindness-and-courage/#comment-4301
Thank you Diana. Your post inspired this poem and post.
Facing the Mirrors
Have I helped
Those in need
Along the way
Life inevitably involves troubling times for everyone. Quite often it is in such times, when we or others have been tripped up, are lying on the ground, and sometimes seemingly being buried by problems piling on top of us, making it even hard to breathe let alone think, react, and respond.
Those are the times that perhaps most define us.
If we see others in that plight, do we stop to help them to get up, and maybe even carry part of their load for awhile, or do we walk around or over them in our hurry to get along with lifes priorities, deadlines, and commitments?
Do we remember or forget that we’re all connected in many ways, and helping others is helping ourselves, and neglecting others hurts us all, so their are indeed few priorities more worthy or important every day than showing kindness to others.
And when we are the ones lying in the dirt battered and bleeding by lifes’ storms, do we get up, brush ourselves off, and get on with living, or do we lay around whining about how tough life is while waiting for someone else to pick us up?
May each of us choose wisely.