Follow the Map

October 14 – 20, 2018

Sister Roberta Moser, CSSF

Buddha left a road map. Jesus left a road map. Krishna left a road map. Rand McNally left a road map. But we still have to travel the road ourselves.

A story: Two men, both seriously ill, were lying in a hospital room. One man was able to sit upright in bed for a half day. His bed was next to the only window in the room. The other man spent every day lying on his back. Each day when the first man would sit by the window after lunch he would describe everything he saw to his neighbor. The second man looked forward to this.

The window overlooked a park with a beautiful lake. Swans swam in the lake. Children played with toy boats in the water. Flowers flanked walking paths. This charming landscape stretched to the horizon. The man by the window described everything in vivid detail while the other lay in his bed and imagined the scene.

Open window

Days passed. One morning a nurse entered the room and saw the man by the window died peacefully during the night. The second man asked to have his bed moved by the window. The nurse moved the beds and left the man alone.

pexels-photo-761142Trying to look out the window, he lifted his body with difficulty onto his elbows, but all he saw was a blank brick wall. He called the nurse and asked, “How could my neighbor see all of the things he described to me?” The nurse answered that the deceased man was blind and couldn’t even see the wall. She added, “Sounds like he was a great neighbor. I think he wanted to lift your spirits.”

This suggests that there’s no greater happiness than to make others happy regardless of our own problems. That’s why I think it’s so important to be approachable and kind. We don’t welcome negativity or apathy. They are toxic and drag down the human spirit. Boo, boo, hiss, hiss…not good. If we believe that each of us is a mission bearer it’s time to raise the flag.

Whether we see the beautiful park or whether we see the blank brick wall, we can make the decision to lift the spirits of those we meet. We have the “map.” We just need the gumption to travel the road…not alone, together. (I’m Sister Roberta and I approve this message.)

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