We are often occupied with our own
selves. Our desires, our fears, our ideals, our worries, our
comforts, our families …. and the list goes on and on. Though
it is certainly not wrong to think for our own selves, what
can really be painful is to not look beyond ourselves. It is
outright self-centeredness and a cause of serious concern if
we are not even able to detect the pangs of pain around us. A
parent in distress, an employee in discomfort, a friend in
agony, a neighbour in anguish, an ailing acquaintance, a
relative in grief, a pet in pain, a plant in need of water –
these are some situations which require our attention – asap.
We must look about and be on the look out for such scenarios.
Our minds’ antennas should catch signals of grief and agony
found around us and our eyes and ears should track down misery
and sorrow that lie in our vicinity.
If we are vigilant in this regard,
then the next step is action: to do whatever we can to redress
such situations: financially, physically and intellectually.
However, if nothing of this sort can be done, there still are
some steps that we can take:
i. Hear out the person in grief;
it will lessen his burden.
ii. Communicate this grief to
others; maybe they will be able to help.
iii. Request others, if they too
are helpless, to communicate this to their own circle of
iv. Beseech and invoke the
Almighty from the depth of our heart and soul. It is said that
at times prayers can move mountains!