Day 9 / May 21 : What You Wish to Experience, Provide For Another

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the and the blind can see.” — Mark Twain

Take time today to consider some things you wish to experience in your own life. Then find another for whom you can be the source of one of those things, someone you think would really appreciate having it, and be that source.

Provide for another something you want to experience.

In principle, this isn’t a material thing but something more experiential in nature.

Some Ideas: If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another.

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2 thoughts on “Day 9 / May 21 : What You Wish to Experience, Provide For Another

  1. I broke my collarbone last week, and as I struggle slowly and painfully through the tasks of daily life I have found myself wishing that I would receive flowers or cards (in the mail, not email!) from friends to show they are thinking of me. So I took some time to write heartfelt sympathy cards for several friends who have undergone difficult things in the past month – a broken shoulder, a death in the family, fear during the lockdown of Watertown after the Boston marathon. I hope they will feel that someone is thinking of them when they receive these cards!

  2. Tonight I listened to my son in the way I want people in my family to listen to me. I sat quietly, did not interrupt, and did not jump in with my own thoughts on the subject to explain the subtle differecnes between our ideaas. We were actually talking about something which I have been experiencing lately, due to ageing – having difficulty calling up certain words. His theory is that we begin to watch for them and thus see many more instances in a shorter period of time because we are keeping track now.

    I can’t say that I totally agree with him, but I let him explain his concept thoroughly without trying to explain how what happens to him at 42 is different than what I experience at 68. I couldn’t understand for certain if he was trying to make himself feel better about his ageing parent’s memory issues or if he was really trying to help ME understand that this happens to everyone all the time but it becomes the focus as we get older. However, I felt better on both counts!

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