“Whether we like it or not, we have all been born into this world as part of one great human family. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, belonging to one nation or another, to one religion or another, adhering to this ideology or that, ultimately each of is just a human being like everyone else. We all desire happiness and do not want suffering.” ~ Dalai Lama
One of the most encouraging wisdom that I ever stumble is the thought that we are never alone in this world. Every good or bad experience we had is probably also experienced by many others to a certain degree.
This radical concept is called common humanity, and it suggests that most people wanted the same thing in life- more happiness and less suffering.
As a human being, we also experience pretty much the same problems. Although, our problems seemed unique in our own eyes, in the grand scheme of things, our problems aren’t that special. When you are experiencing a relationship problem, chances are millions of other humans are probably also having the same relationship problems too.
That’s why one of my joyous moments in life is to sit in a cafe with a delicious cup of coffee in my hand and have a heart to heart talk with a loved one. Of course the word “talk” here implies depth and vulnerability.
In such vulnerable moments, you will usually see that you and that person are not that different. You will probably share some similar hope and struggle. And such exchange are usually life transforming.
You will realize that you are never alone in your life’s struggle, that your suffering is probably shared by 7 billions people around the globe and that your suffering is probably not that significant…
Recognizing the common humanity within us all will not only make you a more resilient person, but also a more compassionate one. For by being aware of other’s suffering, you will soon realize that there are many people who are less fortunate than you and probably could use a little help…
The world is a tough place to live; but with a little empathy and a little more kindness; I believe that the world can be a better place.
All you need is an open heart and a willing hand…
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