My father was very sick for the last year of his life. For the last two months of his illness, my entire family dedicated itself to working as a team to get from medical appointment to the house, making meals, and taking care of his basic needs. Given the severity of the situation, it awoke a very deep, pure concern for his well being over my own. I can only imagine it is what a mother or father feels for their children. Despite feeling emotionally overwhelmed, tired, or frustrated, I gave priority to my father’s comfort, to expressing my appreciation for him, and catered to all of his preferences. For a brief moment in my life, I was able to put everything aside and offer someone unconditional love.
I thank God everyday for that lesson and I try to remember every now and then how willing I was to give out love and how different it felt to not expect anything in return. Surprisingly enough, concerning myself with someone else’s well being gave me a great deal of peace, clear focus on my own personal life, and more than that, a great sense love for the present moment. I began to engage in the present moment instead of the before and after. Eventually, there was always time for what I needed to do.
Do God’s work by offering kindness and love to those around you. Watch how the service of others is sometimes a shortcut to self-love.