By: Hazelden Meditation Series
One day the hares were discussing how they could hardly ever relax because of their fear of other animals.
Just then they felt the earth tremble and saw a herd of wild horses stampeding their way. They scampered about in a panic and soon were trapped near the edge of a lake. They decided they would rather leap into the lake and drown themselves than continue living in a state of perpetual panic. But just as they were about to leap, they startled some frogs that promptly hopped into the water.
The hares scanned the lake and saw that the frogs had disappeared. “Perhaps,” said one hare, “things are not as bad as they seem.”
The moral of the story: There is always someone worse off than you.
There are many others who are facing their own set of difficulties and challenges. To think that you are the only one who has problems, what you are going through is unique, or no one could possibly understand the hardships you face minimizes the needs of others. The program is for the good of all, not for the good of one. Rather than stay locked in your own mind-set and bemoan what you are facing, reach out to others.
I will remember there are others who also require attention, comfort, and care.
- July 18, 2012 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden (cmmacneil.wordpress.com)
- The Hares and The Frogs (fragmentsofragments.wordpress.com)