Having more stuff won’t make us happy. It goes home with us and sits in a drawer or on a shelf, trapping dust, but seldom our attention. Why can’t we embrace what we already hold and treasure those things that are the most important? Buying things to add to a collection of more things isn’t what makes us feel alive. Doing things that make us feel alive is what we need. Following our hearts, just might be our awakening.
Jason an amputee from Iraq, with much to be angry about, has found unashamedly talking of his love for his wife to be healing for others. He buys her flowers and offers advice to another soldier who says his “wife didn’t sign on for a blind cripple.” Little matters in this world, if we have not learned how to touch the heart of another and to be touched.
As the soldiers and patients pass through my days and my life, I realize they are my heroes and my teachers.
"Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living."