Some of us have assumed the role of carer from an early age, maybe by an inner desire to help others, but on the other hand the role may be thrust upon us as a child when our single parent is struck down with a debilitating condition or a sibling is born early with consequent physical and mental disabilities.
For the most part it is not something which we ask, plan or are prepared for. It is just there and through an inner store of love and compassion we find the will and the strength to cope with and do all in our power to accommodate with no thought to ourselves, but for the sake of our beloved partner, parent or sibling.
The one thing that comes out of such selfless devotion and caring, which we see time and again, is an appreciation of the suffering which others have to bear and from the wellspring of compassion touched they will have no difficulty in expressing the same degree of compassion for others. Perhaps it is an experience which the Soul has yearned for in the physical which is the epitome of itself?
This is an example of the need to appreciate not just the challenge that a particular person is facing, but what other experiences their condition brings to those around them who become involved in the many consequences that not only appear on the surface, but also have a distinct resonance with the spiritual aspect of our lives to which we are constantly connected, other people and their Souls thus benefitting by their experience of the situation.
Human nature is often blamed for many of the unfortunate traits which go against the kind of kindness which we would like to see in us all, but in extremes of deprivation such as that experienced under the devastation caused by recent hurricane Irma we have, not for the first time sad to say, seen the worst side of humanity in the looting of food and appliance shops by those who are possibly losing everything or at the worst looking for a fast buck.
It leads one to speculate that those who are best off in this world are the ones who accept their situation in life which is the opposite to the natural desire to better themselves, the driver of the Universe. Well, let’s face it, that surely is to desire, yes, but not to go against the welfare of others, wouldn’t you say?
Where is the caring when in the process of looting and stealing from others? Could it be in the caring for themselves and their families? Of course we do have laws about these things and so many things, but as we continue to make more and more laws, incorporating EU Laws into UK Laws pre/post Brexit for instance, are we not in danger of making criminals of us all and handing more and more power to those we have elected with uncertain compassionate credentials?
In the process of upholding the laws created on our behalf, are we losing sight of the needs of those driven to commit crimes whom we so often find guilty and send into incarceration where they learn how to commit more crime, when they should be cared for and helped how to become useful and responsible members of society? You will no doubt ask: where is the budget for that, but is it not an imperative which should be incorporated into our penal system, in order to better us all in the long run and thus reduce the number we send there?
Is their situation not worthy of investigation and showing the necessary compassion of a truly democratic and caring society to which we profess to belong? Are we so driven by greed that we cannot provide education and the means to make a reasonable living for all, thus caring for our society as a whole? Or is that too much to ask?
I do care for those who try their best to protect us in the Police, Prisons and Security Services who may not be adequately recompensed for the taxing work they do and I care for those in the Health Service, who have our Well-being in the highest sense in their hands, amongst other Public Service Workers who should be paid an adequate living wage and I wonder sometimes if the face of a caring country which we want to show to the world is at the expense of those in our own back yard who so need to be cared for first – those in need of care and those who care for them as best they can.
We’ve just had notification from the Local Council as to which Voting Registers we appear on, but for me, who I vote for has never been more difficult than right now! As it is said all is not well in the State of Denmark, but for Denmark read United Kingdom! Roll on Brexit and lets have a semblance of order and to know how our bread will be buttered in the future. Whether the bread is stale and the butter, ‘I don’t believe it’s not …’, well however it turns out we will have to get used to it and accept a new status quo. Wouldn’t you say?
You see, like so many of us we care, but in the micro Universe which we, like many of us, have created for ourselves there is only so much we can achieve in our small way and for the rest we must rely on those elected to do the best for us and I wonder apart from the vested and conflicts of interest, can we ever hope that our local and/or national representatives will ever achieve the caring society we so dearly wish for?
We can’t all be pleased, but in the process of downsizing we had to make choices like: ‘small is beautiful’ and it’s better for us to eat less when ‘less becomes more’ and of course the overriding principle is that of acceptance of our new position in this aging life. Again I wonder if similar choices would be made by most of our citizens or as a race are we so inured to the old status quo that they would refuse to give anything up and demand that the government provides, as if all in Westminster were representatives of a benevolent fairy godmother? Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that!
As for caring: Is it all about the Country and our Community or is it all about Us? No wonder the markets get jittery, it is the uncertainty which upsets us all.
So we have to care for each other and stick together, to form a bulwark of care at our own micro level in our community. You know, there is a lot to be said for partnership and let’s face it a man-hug or a cuddle goes a long way!
Feeling & Caring for all, Hanukah & the Angel