Sunday, October 9, 2016

Look Upon Them As Wounded

After vaccinating a young boy with an injection in the arm, a doctor wanted to stick on a bandage. “Please put it on the other arm,” the boy pleaded.

“Why do that?” the doctor asked. “This will let everyone know you have been vaccinated and they won’t hit your sore arm.”

“Please put it on my other arm! Please!” the boy begged. “You don’t know the kids at my school.”

But the boy did. And wasn’t about to let them at his arm.

Adults, too, are pretty good at hiding pain. Not usually physical pain, but the kind of pain that’s harder to see. They like to appear as if they are in control; they can handle whatever life throws them; they’re on top of it. And, too often, they end up going it alone. No one understands. No one is there to help.

Susan Muto, in her book Blessings That Make Us Be, tells a story of a great ruler who needed a second-in-command to help manage his kingdom. When he finally selected the right person, he took him outside onto a balcony of the palace where they could gaze over all the lands under his jurisdiction. His assistant asked the king, “Master, what must I remember most of all if I am to carry out your wishes?”

“My son,” the king replied, “there is only one directive to follow − and that is to look upon the people as wounded.”

The wise king knew that everyone is in pain in some way. Wounds may not show, but they are there. 

Discover where people hurt and and you can reach them. Learn where the invisible bandages are and you’ll know how to help them. How to heal them. 

Look upon them as wounded − and you’ll know what to do.

-- Steve Goodier

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