YESTERDAY VS. TODAY




YESTERDAY

I was so busy living a full and demanding  life, that I rarely 
had enough free time to be readily available to someone in need.
It is not that I did not care, I was just caught up in my own life 
and did not fully understand the needs of others, or what I could 
possibly do that would have made a difference. Yet, there were people 
in need. I may not have known them personally, and they may not have 
impacted my life directly, but they were there. They were always there. 
It seems now that I should have been able to feel their presense, feel 
their unhappiness, feel their need for love and understanding. There are 
those that knew me that would say I cared so much. That I did display 
these feelings, but when I look back, I know I never went far enough 
out of my way. I never walked the extra mile. I never truely understood 
the importance of reaching out a hand to those in need.

Today:

I understand the importance of need, but I did not learn about need until 
I experienced need myself. 
I did not understand the importance of empathy and validation until I 
needed them myself.
I did not understand the importance of unconditional love until I needed it
myself.
I did not realize the importance of loyal friendship, until I needed it 
myself. 
I did not understand the importance of love and support from family until 
I needed it myself.
I did not understand the need for support from fellow man, until I needed 
it myself.
I did not understand the needs and rights of the disabled until I became 
disabled myself.

Yes, there are many many more differences in yesterday and today, but these 
are the most important ones that I see in myself. Although yesterday may 
have been easier, I certainly cannot say that it was more worthwhile.

by: Debbie Wilson
    6-2-96

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