What should I do?
I learned of the devastating rains that hit the Columbia, South Carolina area on Sunday morning. I did not fully understood the magnitude of this storm until I saw the pictures online. I know you’ve seen it too…water everywhere….houses and cars under water…huge sink holes in the roads….bridges closed.
I felt the need to do something BIG to show my compassion. I reached out to some friends in the Columbia SC area, asking for suggestions. A email arrived from a fellow yogi. Her story is so powerful that I wanted to share it with you.
I was a bit out of sorts this morning with my own worries. Unproductive thoughts were filling my head. Then I got a phone call. My brother Sam’s friend was in serious car accident. It appears as though he is going to be OK, although his recovery will be a long road back.
I knew it was going to be a very difficult thing for Sam to process. I wondered what I should do? I decided to go over to his house and fold his laundry. I thought this simple gesture might help him in some way.
As music was playing in the background, I folded, and when I finished, I realized how totally present I had been. Here’s what I took away from that experience:
- My unhappiness/disorder was a direct result of being solely focused on myself and my problems
- By serving and showing compassion for my brother I actually helped myself
- The most tedious tasks are opportunities to practice being present
- Sound, music, and vibrations are alive and therapeutic. These two beautiful songs were playing in the background:
This story made me realize that I had been searching to do something BIG because I thought BIG would be better or show more compassion. From the return calls and emails that I received, I soon learned that COMPASSION HAS NO SIZE. We are all connected. A simple phone or reaching out can have a profound impact on someone because it shows you care.
Have you been a recipient of someone’s compassion or kind action? What was it about this experience that impacted you? Share your experience with us. I know that it will help all of us next time we ask the question “what should I do”.