Because I have arthritis in my hands, there are days that I can't use them without pain. So when they don't hurt and I am able to do the things I love, then I feel very grateful. Today was one of those days. I am starting to breath a bit better too, the inhaler really helped out. Amazing isn't it...when you have air and less pain, then you have more energy and a desire to do something! Air, another thing I am very grateful for lately.
I was suppose to go to P.T. today but I didn't have T_H_A_T much air! So since it was a rainy and cold day, I just stayed in and sewed. How grateful I am that I have the talent to sew, paint and etc. ( Of course I had my Christmas music playing in the background! )
I read this story before, but I just felt impressed to share it with you today. I think originally because it talked about hands and service. But the thing that impresses me the most, is the importance and need of compassion. Compassion is one of those HEART things and one of those IMPORTANT things that makes all the difference in people's lives, both the giver and the receiver. Enjoy
Our Hands Can Serve
An old Jewish legend tells of two brothers, Abram and Zimri, who owned a field and worked it together. They agreed to divide both the labor and the harvest equally. One night as the harvest came to a close, Zimri could not sleep, for it didn’t seem right that Abram, who had a wife and seven sons to feed, should receive only half of the harvest, while he, with only himself to support, had so much.
So Zimri dressed and quietly went into the field, where he took a third of his harvest and put it in his brother’s pile. He then returned to his bed, satisfied that he had done the right thing.
Meanwhile, Abram could not sleep either. He thought of his poor brother, Zimri, who was all alone and had no sons to help him with the work. It did not seem right that Zimri, who worked so hard by himself, should get only half of the harvest. Surely this was not pleasing to God. And so Abram quietly went to the fields, where he took a third of his harvest and placed it in the pile of his beloved brother.
The next morning, the brothers went to the field and were both astonished that the piles still looked to be the same size. That night both brothers slipped out of their houses to repeat their efforts of the previous night. But this time they discovered each other, and when they did, they wept and embraced. Neither could speak, for their hearts were overcome with love and gratitude.
This is the spirit of compassion: that we love others as ourselves, seek their happiness, and do unto them as we hope they would do unto us. ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"IF YOU WANT OTHERS TO BE HAPPY, PRACTICE COMPASSION. IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, PRACTICE COMPASSION." ~Dalai Lama
"IT IS THE LACK OF LOVE FOR OURSELVES THAT INHIBITS OUR COMPASSION TOWARD OTHERS. IF WE MAKE FRIENDS WITH OURSELVES, THEN THERE IS NO OBSTACLE TO OPENING OUR HEARTS AND MINDS TO OTHERS."
"HOW FAR YOU GO IN LIFE DEPENDS ON YOU BEING TENDER WITH THE YOUNG, COMPASSIONATE WITH THE AGED, SYMPATHETIC WITH THE STRIVING AND TOLERANT OF THE WEAK AND THE STRONG. BECAUSE SOMEDAY IN LIFE, YOU WILL HAVE BEEN ALL OF THESE." ~George Washington Carver