Downy After Dusk (thanks Amanda :) ).

Yep, so based on the angsty, film noir sounding title of this blog post, I am indeed doing laundry right now at 11:47pm haha.  Oh, college. 

But all that aside, on to today’s topic: what it means to be human in coping with life’s daily struggles!  I’ll probably write about this a lot; it’s again something that keeps popping up in my life and something I feel passionate about.  Because you see, everyone is struggling with something at all times.  Simple, right?  But I feel like it’s something we often forget about in today’s individualistic world.  When something is weighing us down, we can let it consume us (let’s be honest–sometimes letting it sit with us for awhile is all we can do to cope and live through it) and forget to see the larger world around us.  We’re hurt.  We’re all hurting.  So naturally we all need each other, right?  Badly.  Having someone to talk to, cry with, pray with, having someone to hug us, all these things get us through.  And we’re human–we’re judgmental by our very nature.  But when it comes to judging other people’s problems, that can be a sticky mess and an unhealthy path we don’t want to go down.  Because no matter what you may think of someone else’s hurts, it is hurtful, deeply hurtful to them.  It’s a big deal to them.  Yes, a dose of perspective is much-needed many times in that there’s so much suffering going on in other parts of the world that we can’t even begin to wrap our heads around.  However, what about a dose of perspective in that everyone struggles?  Everyone faces challenges?  No one is perfect?  That waiter at a restaurant who messed up your order may normally be stellar at his job but may just be having a really rough day today.  Think before you act or judge.  To quote one of my favorite singers, Jon McLaughlin, “After all, we’re only human.  Always fighting what we’re feeling, hurt instead of healing.”  Which brings up another point: I feel like there is so much pressure in today’s world that people feel they have to cover up their emotions sometimes out of fear of judgment or how others will react if they see them in a different light.  This makes it even more vital to simply love.  To love as much as we can.  To smile through our tears and hurt.  To keep going, keep fighting, to keep pushing through.  To be there for one another, to go out of our way to make someone else’s day.  To genuinely ask how someone else is doing.  To show a little extra kindness.  To deeply instill within us that we’re all hurting in some way shape or form, so why not give each other the benefit of the doubt?  Why not be there for one another?  Why not love, care, smile, and spread joy and kindness?  If you can be strong for someone else despite your own hurt, another person will be able to be strong for you despite their own struggles.  It’s a beautiful chain reaction of human love that connects everyone.  Think about it.  Love. 🙂

“In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness.  If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart.  Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle…I know of one means only by which to attain to perfection; LOVE.  Let us love, since our heart is made for nothing else.  Sometimes I seek another word to express Love, but in this land of exile the word which begins and ends is quite incapable of rendering the vibrations of the soul; we must then adhere to this simple and only word: TO LOVE.” –St. Therese of Lisieux


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