Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kym's Thoughts - Are we leaving a legacy of love or pain?


Ohhhhh noooooo Kym is thinking again! So here it is, and I feel this the most important accomplishment in life we should strive to achieve. First we need to ask ourselves, are we leaving a legacy of love or pain?

Before you bow your head in prayer, light candles or get down upon your knees to pray . . . consider what I have to share.

The basic definition of compassion is the desire to relieve another's suffering or misfortune. Throughout history, ancient texts to include t
he Bible, the Quran, Buddha's teachings, to the sacred Hindu texts written prior to 1500 B.C. teach us to strive to attain moral excellence by living by the simple principal of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

The Greeks considered compassion, self-control, and charity as essential virtues of a peaceful humanity. Taking these teachings into consideration, I ask why would someone would bow their head in prayer to ask God to alleviate the pain or misfortune another human is experiencing - when in fact "we humans" were tasked with this responsibility?

It is us humans who were given such a simple task yet the inability to live by these principals in our daily lives. First is to provide comfort to others driven by a heart of understanding and compassion, next to exercise self-control so we do not contribute to the pain of another by tongue or hand, and the final part to the equation is to practice charity - which simply means to take action.

In my opinion, we live in a society where the true meaning of "strength" is not understood nor is it exercised as intended. We do not need to take up arms toward another to demonstrate our strength - true strength is the ability to treat others with kindness.

Are we so concerned with ourselves or simply too ignorant to understand the essential need of others is love? To demonstrate love we must exercise self-control, always remaining cognizant of other's feelings. Finally, we must take action to deliver our care for one another. Are we satisfied to just party each day away with superficial connection to other? Do we just exist day to day to leave nothing behind of meaning of our human spirit? How do we want to be remembered? It all seems pretty simple to me.

So, the next time we bow our heads in prayer, I suggest we should be asking God to assist us with "our own weaknesses" and ask for the strength necessary to simply love one another. ~ Kym L. Pasqualini ♥