How do I choose what to support?
Andrew Harvey the radical spiritual teacher talks of the pain we feel and where it lands. For me it’s generally education, small business and medical matters. It’s what led me to support a girl in Uganda each year to attend school. To support Lend with Care where my tiny amounts help people with much less than me create nourishing and successful lives. To support a local hospice where I used to volunteer because I understand how important those listening services are for both the dying and their families.
With the feedback I receive I know what I do counts. Especially with Lend with Care who show me on my account how many family members I’ve supported and how many jobs I’ve helped create. It’s little enough I can do and I’m not saying look at me for helping. Rather I’m trying to negotiate the compassion fatigue we all can feel on a trip down our local high street.So would it matter if I stopped?
I’ve asked myself that question often and the deeper meaning sometimes creates awe in me. ‘What a Wonderful Life’ has been voted number one favourite Christmas film. That shows in graphic detail the gaps this man’s absence would have left. Trite? Perhaps but its place on the list has to speak to something inside of us that has the urge to help.
Sometimes I think of life as a tapestry and my contribution a few stitches in a corner somewhere. But without those stitches another few might unravel and leave a larger hole in the picture.
However dark my life has become at times I try to cling on to the fact on the whole I intended good. There have been times managing a smile has seemed beyond me, but a smile from another has righted the balance and I've let go of my internal frown.
'I smile like a flower not only with my lips but with my whole being.' Rumi