What life is and is not about

You know how when you’re feeling good, you’re feeling really good, and you feel like nothing can top the natural high you have — and that life can’t get any better? And then there are those times when you’re feeling really, really, low….sometimes perhaps to the point of not wanting to go on; your despair and heartache have taken over and you are absolutely certain that no pain in the world could be worse than yours?
Here is something to ponder. No matter what we each go through during our lives, our highs and our lows are REAL to each of us. We cannot compare ourselves to others. We cannot sit there and say “but why does he/she have that and I don’t?” We cannot think that our pain is more severe than someone else’s, or our joy more exquisite. Each and every person out there has his own package of experiences. Depending on one’s own unique strengths and weaknesses, his trials and his triumphs are as real and as devastating or glorious as ours are.
That is perhaps one of the greatest and most unique aspects of  humanity. We cannot compare ourselves because the human spirit is immeasurable. I guess some people may believe this makes each of us islands unto ourselves, but I truly believe that this is not the case. While we may not be able to compare specific experiences in our lives to others, there are always others out there who have gone through similar highs and lows as ours — and they can be there for us and can understand those feelings even if they can’t specifically empathize with the situation in which we may find ourselves.
Let’s be those type of people. Let us serve one another and recognize that we are all in this together. There is One who suffered greater than us all, one who felt every high and low, every bit of joy and every bit of suffering, emotional, physical and spiritual, that every human being who has ever existed and ever will exist has and will experience. He is the one who has commanded us to love one another. This means bearing each other’s burdens, mourning with those who mourn, and comforting those who stand in need of comfort, regardless of what we may think of their experience. Christ has descended below us all and understands the unique distress and pain that each of us feels within. If He was willing to do all that for each and every one of us, should we not be willing to try to follow His commandment to love and serve each other as well? Perhaps we will never understand as fully as Christ, but we can empathize with what pain and heartache feels like, and we can be there to lift one another up.

Charlie’s Monument
By Blaine M. Yorgason
God, before he sent his children into the world, gave each of them a carefully selected package of problems.
“These, He promised smiling, are yours alone.
“Only you have the special talents and abilities that will make these problems your servants
and no one else may have the blessing these problems will bring you.
“So, go down to your birth, and to your forgetting.
“Know that I love you beyond measure.
“The problems I give you are a token of my love.
“The monument you make of your life, with the help of your problems, will be a token of your love for me.”

– Your Father

Michelle Sanders

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