Sharing Life’s Journey

20 Sep

It’s funny that sometimes I can get so caught up in my own “stuff” that I sometimes don’t notice that there are folks around me experiencing troubles that are much more challenging than mine.    Even though I’ve been overwhelmed at times with my Dad’s health care concerns, I know that I am not the only one struggling.  In just the last few weeks several friends have shared their circumstances with me.  One friend told me that her house had flooded, another spoke of a family member who has been suffering from depression, still others are grappling with their finances,  and sadly several friends have lost loved ones.

We are all travelers on this journey called life, and while we cannot walk someone else’s path,  we can help our fellow voyagers get back on their feet when they stumble or offer them respite when they are weary.   Often the things we can do for one another will not change the circumstances of the situation.   When someone dies, we are helpless to bring that person back to life.   But that does not mean that we are powerless to help.  We can offer to cook a meal, or help with some chores, or we can just sit and cry with them.   Being willing to share another’s (sometimes painful) experience helps to make their journey a bit more bearable,  a little less lonely.

These past few weeks I have greatly appreciated the friends who called to ask how I was and to say that they’d been thinking of me.  That simple gesture was like a life line tossed out into a stormy sea.   These friends were recognizing my struggle and offering assistance if needed and I am most grateful for their concern.

quiche for beth

In that same spirit of helping one another, a few days ago, I brought a quiche to a family mourning the loss of a loved one.   A simple offering to let them know that my heart aches too – and that they are not alone in their grief.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”  ~Edmund Burke

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”   Maya Angelou


2 Responses to “Sharing Life’s Journey”

  1. Jeff Moran September 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM #

    Thank you Karen, I still have the crucifix you gave me when I was having medical issues, and when I made the transition from the linen to the beverage dist! It hangs in my truck, and allows me to rembember others struggling, and how you helped me through that difficult time almost seven years ago! Thanks again, Jeff Moran!

  2. Shirley Patton September 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM #

    I’m constantly reminded of how connected we all are. How the hurts and distresses of one also leave the rest of us shaken in some degree. The neat thing is that the connection is also true of our joys and successes. I so love hearing people’s good news as I honor hearing when times are difficult. Our Westminster Circle meeting yesterday was a perfect example. There was lots of laughter and some tears as we shared something of each other’s lives. Thank you, Karen, for the richness of your sharing on Pieadaygiiveaway. Love you!

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