“I am part of all that I have met.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Lately, I have been immersed in family functions, get togethers, exams with study times, hubby time, baby time, mommy time, brother time. The occupational hazard of being a Counselor is that I analyse everything..literally! ….. I kept observing my family and myself, like I probably would not have, if it hadn’t been for being so immersed in my family’s needs these past couple of weeks.
What I noticed was that when it comes to family, we go that extra mile and partake extraordinary measures to make sure they are fine. Whether we feel upto it or not, we try to make sure they are fine in all possible ways. We cant see any members of our family sad, upset, gloomy or disturbed. Least of all hurt physically or emotionally.
But, then this is the family we are related to, by birth or by heritage.
The other family I have been noticing is the family I am related to with loving humanity. Its the family that is essentially just like my blood family, just not so directly related but related more in the cosmic or soul sense. If you take the physicality of it, we are all made of the same flesh and blood. If we take the energy or the soul sense we are essentially made up of the same energy. We all have souls, feelings, emotions and are just as related to each other. Emotionally and soulfully we are infact ONE. Its the same Maker who has made us.
“I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the same exact molecules.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
What worried me and upset me, is that even though we are all in fact ONE Family…Do we really treat or feel the same way about everyone of these family members?
Let me give you an example: An acquaintance of mine came down for a visit a while back. She was a bit disturbed when she arrived and was talking non stop about the events that transpired prior to her arrival to my place. Apparently, she had passed by a group of guys manhandling a girl. It was past 9p.m., so she and her hubby just drove past as fast as they could and came here. Making sure those goons didn’t see them. They kept saying ‘thank god we got out of there…otherwise we could have gotten caught in that fight…”
They actually looked at me and expected me to validate their running away from there. They looked at me as if to make me say or feel the same thing..that thank God they were fine. But, all I could think of and said was -
” Did you call the police? Did you get help? What happened to the poor girl?”
They just snapped and said “Who wants to call the police and get caught in the jumble? We just saved our-self..and that’s what is important.” I just asked one question- “What if that was your sister, wife, daughter or mother or any other family member of yours? Would you still run away and leave them there?”
They didn’t have an answer. I didn’t say anything further. Cause the rest of the evening they could make out how upset I was about the whole thing. Even as I type this I have tears in my eyes, wondering what must’ve truly happened to that poor girl.
This is exactly the problem with our society and more importantly us..after all, we make the society right?! Believe it or not, we do hold double standards.
Why cant we all think and feel for each and every person, each and every soul the same way we feel for our family?
I talk about positivity all the time on this blog….but I have realized that I need to be out there and do more positive. Not only me, but all of you need to do the same. We need to think and feel like every human being, every soul that walks this earth is related to us, IS our family member. When we can truly think and feel this way and live like ONE family, we will have truly healed our-self and those around us.
“When I meet people in different parts of the world, I am always reminded that we are all basically alike: we are all human beings. Maybe we have different clothes, our skin is a different color, or we speak different languages. This is on the surface, but basically we are the same human beings. That is what binds us to each other . – that is what makes it possible for us to understand each other and to develop friendship and closeness.” ~ the 14th Dalai Lama, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize
What do YOU think? Have you ever gone out of your way to help someone, even though they were not part of your blood family? Do you believe we are indeed all connected? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
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