Thought for the Day

Tuesday 4 May

The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing. It is almost a miracle. It is a miracle.

— Simone Weil

Eknath Easwaran's Commentary

Suffering is inherent in life, however we may try to conceal it, however often we may try to turn our eyes away from it. To any sensitive person who reads the paper, every morning can be a hard blow: murders, suicides, air crashes, war, violence, disease, poverty – in every country on the face of the earth.

If you are sensitive, your heart will melt in grief. Yet the greatest joy lies in devoting your life to the amelioration of this sorrow. The greatest fulfillment comes to you when you dedicate your life to bring some of these tragedies to an end, to wipe the tears away from the eyes of a few people.

We needn’t rescue the whole world, or even a city, or neighborhood. We begin with those around us.

The Thought for the Day is today's entry from Eknath Easwaran's Words to Live By.