Everyone has a reason to be where they are. The Taoists would say you have something to bring. If I have created this moment then how can I offer the best of myself to this moment?
I see that everything is interconnected in a web that I can’t even describe well. I see that good health and a good life is more about an attitude than an action, but actions can bring about the attitude so where does it begin? It’s a wheel that doesn’t stop turning. The threads of the web seem hopeless tangled from my perspective. As part of the web, it is hard to look up and see the whole web.
So if I am here today, what can I offer to others? I can offer compassion. If they don’t have food on the table, I can offer that. If they need healing, I can offer that. If they need more than I can give, I can find one of those hopeless flawed institutions, government or charity that might be able to help them. If I hate the way that it works, I can work on making those institutions less flawed.
I also need to realize that being here now is part of realizing I am only a part. I cannot do it all. I cannot solve the world’s problems. Neither can the people around me. I can only come together to find like minded people who act with the same compassionate energy which I seek to put out to make great changes in the world.
I know a naturopath who works this law. He laughs when he says he is really proud of a patient who is eating breakfast at McDonald’s every day. For the patient it was a big step to eating anything regularly. As traditional foods person, this was astonishing to him, but McDonald’s was a start–a baby step to getting his patient to eat better. He was where he was in the moment with his patient and may have helped them more than he’ll ever know if that one small step towards regular eating takes the patient to not only regular eating but better eating and better planning.
We are not one step away from perfection. We are many steps away. We must start where we are and work to offer the greatest good to the greatest numbers, however we view the good. We must always start with compassion.