Sometimes, we see people — especially on social media these days — and they look “all that!” — so happy, so loved, so rich, so with everything — so it seems (superficially).
But there is definitely another reality out there, and that is that everyone has problems:
Like Helen Keller said:
“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
I remember as a child, if I felt sad about something, my dad at times would remind me about the children in the hospital, and to think about how we can help others less fortunate — and he was right!
What I see in life is a lot of people trying, but also so many challenges, failures, and suffering along the way…unfortunately, it’s part of the learning and growth equation, and in why we’re here.
In college, I always remember one (English) professor who taught me from Henry David Thoreau:
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
Sometimes, in our solitude or when we speak quietly from our heart with our closest loved ones, we feel and express some of those deep feelings of hurt, pain, and suffering from our lives.
Those experiences, memories, and feelings are not all that there is of us, but it is certainly a part of all of us — although maybe only the brave will admit theirs.
It’s not shameful to feel, to cry, and to be human.
It’s certainly not what Facebook and Twitter are all about.
But it’s a genuine and critical part of us which recognizes as my dad also taught me that — life is not easy — and that we have to fight every day to do our best and to help others to do theirs. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)