Being a Victim
The other day I was up at the chemotherapy ward. I had a pleasant conversation with a 61 year old man. 11 years ago, he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis. In spite of being ill he had a great attitude. He had these words of wisdom:
“If you find yourself asking: Why me? Change the question to: Why not me?”
I chose to share this today because it’s a reminder of a few things:
1. We aren’t alone in our pain and suffering
2. We are all equal
3. The Universe is benevolent; or at least neutral
4. Anything can happen
5. Making the most of NOW is the best thing to do
Really, you are not a victim. If you are, then we all are.
A friend of mine who is a pastor often says, “But for the grace of God, there go I.” What does that mean? It means that despite what we want and despite all our efforts, we can end up in any situation – for better or for the worst.
I know I am speaking to a broad audience. I imagine some of you are, objectively, fairly healthy. On the other hand, I imagine that some of you are in constant pain. What do you have in common? Everything!
There will be times of life when you can be the helper, and there will come a time when you need the help.
Open your heart to this reality and may you be touched with compassion for yourself and others.