Today, I wasn’t quite sure what to write about regarding the Holistic Lifestyle. Then a conversation with my daughter, my friend, and my hubby led to vibrant talks of the excessive stress that so many experience day to day. Of the deep suffering that many deal with in their daily lives.

It is a given that we all suffer. Some years ago, during my time of seeking to understand my own suffering, I heard an interview being done with monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
He stated that everyone suffers. That we were all born to suffer. What a lightbulb moment that was for me. If we were all born to suffer, why then do we resist suffering so much? He went on to say that it is due to the resistance that we really suffer. That, if we would accept suffering as normal, then there would be no suffering. Profound!
We suffer from our own physical, emotional & mental health or that of our loved ones, friends & family.
We suffer from economic inequality. Divorces & separations for us or those we love & care about. Disappointments of all sorts. Job loss, loss of our housing. Loneliness, childlessness. The list and the situations go on and on.

As we go about our business this week, let us be mindful of those around us that suffer from emotional, mental, and physical pain each day. Dare to show some compassion and empathy.
A kind word. A smile. Offer to help in any way you can. Listen without interrupting. No criticisms.
Do you think that you could do this?

We all suffer. For sure, we have suffered in the past, are suffering now, or we’ll suffer in the future.
Suffering is a normal experience of humanity. Let’s make that burden a little lighter by offering compassion and a helping hand when possible.
Today for me, tomorrow for you.

Marva Riley, RN. Author