I read this sayings from one of my favorite books and I just decided to share this in my blog as thoughts to ponder....
It's really hard to go on with life if you are keeping some pains in the heart, you tend to lose sights of your goals, you tend to experience self pity, be out of focus...in short, life suddenly becomes meaningless. But as the saying goes, our life is not measured in terms of the pains that we experienced and survived in the past nor by the amount of time that we spend on earth, neither by the frequency of the times that we laugh and enjoy life but above all, our life is measured by how we became meaningful in the eyes of others. By meaningful we mean how we bring meaning to the lives of other people. It's hard to rejoice on someone else happiness if you yourself is in great pain. But, offering help to others in times of sorrow has been the greatest sacrifice of all. The following story extracted from the same book clearly illustrates how we can be of help to others despite of sorrows...
Once there was a doctor who found a free clinic which opened once a week to attend to poor patients. On one such day, someone rushed into the clinic with the news that the doctor's youngest and favorite son had just died. Although deeply upset, the doctor reflected on the situation, and after having regained his composure, continued to attend to his patients.
People who came to know about this were rather surprised at his seemingly callous behavior. When questioned, he explained thus: "My son is already dead and I'm unable assist him anymore. But these poor needy patients who can't even afford to pay for their treatment need my help more. I know I can do something for them. So, is it not better for me to control my sorrow and help suffering mankind instead?"
From my fave book, "Why Worry?" By : K. Sri Dhammananda
"Doing good to others is not a duty. It is a privilege, and it gives pleasure leading to better health and happiness."
- Zoroaster -