One of my observations is that love imparts life.
Strange as it might seen, when we give love we are adding a divine and holy energy into people’s lives. It’s amazing to watch people who are struggling with illness perk up when they know we truly care for them. The better we become at loving people, the more we strengthen the weak and encourage the struggling.
Can you think of a better way to spend your time?
Yesterday I interviewed a man who is dying with Ewing’s Cancer.
It is a rare disease in which cancer
cells are found in the bone
or in soft tissue
. The most common areas in which it occurs are the pelvis
, the femur
, the humerus
, the ribs
and clavicle.. He’d been a Marine in Iraq before being hit by the dreadful disease. He was in the care of his wife and most likely, won’t live more than a few weeks at most. Probably less. During our time together I asked him what he’d learned from his painful struggle.
He told me that he’d been deeply disappointed in how few friends had stuck with him. Most didn’t know what to do with a friend dying. He realized that some just were interested in what he could do for them. Those friends drifted away. He also told me that his painful journey had helped him come to know what a true friend was.
Reflecting after the interview, I thought how important it is to stay close to our friends or anyone struggling with pain. We do have the capacity to impart love through our caring. Could there be a better gift?