I was sitting at my desk at home when all of a sudden, I heard a very loud noise. I went out in the living room and asked, “What was that?”
The reply: “A bird ran in to the window.”
I wasn’t sure which window but as I walked through the living room I was relieved not to see any birds outside on our deck.
But then I saw everyone looking up at the roof & went outside.
It turns out, the bird ran in to this very high window and was now sitting on the roof overhang.
Then someone said, “I think he’s stunned and just sitting there trying to regain his composure.”
So, every 5 minutes I would go out to check to see if he was still there.
After the 4th check, I began to have this very strong feeling of:
There was this poor bird,
who’d just crashed in to my window,
sitting there stunned,
I didn’t know if there were any other injuries like something broken, AND
I COULDN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
It was a horrible feeling of helplessness…
I started to feel sick to my stomach.
I decided I’d better talk about it rather than just let it keeping building up.
So, I called my girlfriend and explained the situation, but more importantly, talked about the horrible helplessness I was feeling.
After listening for a few minutes, she told me what an old friend of ours, Trime, a Tibetan nun, had once told her:
“Even when we are feeling helpless, there is something we can do: offer compassion.”
As I heard her say those words, I immediately found myself feeling some relief – I wasn’t helpless after all.
A few minutes later, I went out to check on the bird & guess what?
It was gone!
Even though I’d never thought about it before, compassion is a powerful LifeTOOL for managing that overwhelming feeling of helplessness.
Today, I share it, so you can now be aware of it too!
Send me your thoughts in the comment section below!
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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