Seeing families live in mud homes is nothing new to me and knowing the struggles are so much more real for them than I will ever face always touches my heart and often keeps me grounded in life when I want to get consumed by materialism.
“Are you okay?” Andrew asked as I stepped out of the dark home and into the sunlight.
“No, it’s not okay”, I whispered through the tears that wouldn’t stop running down my face.
It wasn’t okay. It shouldn’t be this way and yet it is so I have to ask what I can do to make a difference and not just ask but then do something about it.
There are two main ways people process memories or knowledge. In the card catalogue of our brain where memories are stored on little notecards we can pull out a card, read the notes, remember the moment and put it back. Little is felt but a picture is made in our mind and the memory is alive again for a moment. When pain, deep emotions (good or bad), trauma and even smells are associated with a memory those cards are no longer just filled with words but attached to wires of emotions that create a little jolt or shock when the memory is being relived. Experiencing life without really feeling the moment develops numbness, detachment and complacency. I think this is why so many are often unmoved by the pain that surrounds us in life. Though we each see, experience, feel and process life differently it is important to never stop feeling because when we cease to feel we will cease to care.
Strong emotions lead to passion and passionate people inspire people. I want the passion of caring for, loving, serving, giving, going and doing to be what my life is lived for. I don’t want to stop feeling for those who hurt. I don’t want to look at pain and be able to walk away unmoved. I don’t want to fill my life with experiences and memories that in the end are nothing but words on a card and don’t inspire change in me or others. I don’t want to live my life in vain and if it takes daily serving and giving and exposing myself to those less fortunate than me to remember the purpose in my life then that’s what I want to do. What is your passion? What are you inspiring people to do? What do you want to do with your life?
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