RSS Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

The Girl at the Cashier


March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
February 2014
November 2013
July 2013
June 2013

powered by

The "Wu Word" Blog

The Weight of the World

“Mary, you are going to see things that you have never seen before,” my blonde-haired friend with hazel eyes who I nickname “The golden-haired girl with a heart of gold” warned me solemnly.

She was referring to “The Midnight Run.” 

“The Midnight Run” is a collective and purposeful event and experience of individuals gathering together to prepare necessary food, toiletry supplies, and clothing to then give to the homeless at different stops in Manhattan.  Many of my friends have already gone on at least one “Midnight Run.”  My golden-haired girl with a heart of gold friend had gone to many because, as she said, “It makes me feel good to give.” 

Yes, I thought, it makes me feel good to give, too.  I also wanted to add here: “Because people have given me so much.”

My life was and still is incredibly blessed with family and friends who were so generous and giving to me.    More often than not, I spend a lot of my alone time reflecting on my life and how the ultimate form of generosity and selflessness occurred when two of my organ donor families chose to give their loved ones kidneys when tragedy had struck them to the core.  My thoughts revolve around what my family and friends had to see when I was sick and thought that the suffering and pain was endless.  I think about this larger than life need I have to give to them and to give forward but, most of all, to account for whatever I do or say to whom. When I think about my life and all the generosity from others (and complete strangers, mind you!) that have enveloped me, I cannot fathom or understand how others cannot feel a sense of responsibility and can hurt others? 

In these last few years and outside of my dearest family members and friends, my life’s journey has crossed with remarkable individuals—mostly in the transplant community that have enhanced my life and gratitude to give forward, but also in supposedly “ordinary” individuals who have played extraordinary parts.  I believe life is a combination of personal and purposeful choices tied tightly with fate and destiny to make the meaningful and purposeful life.  I believe we are all connected in some way or somehow.  My paths crossing with so many special people have made me have a great and deep sense of responsibility to the world I live in, and that nothing that happens and no one that comes into your life or leaves your life is an accident or coincidence. 

That night of my first experience of “Midnight Run,” the New York City lights illuminated the magic of the typical Manhattan mayhem with the contrast of people sleeping in the streets or people literally hungry for the homemade chicken soup that was brewed by a volunteer.  I saw the depths of desperation, sadness, and hopelessness mixed with a fighting spirit in their eyes.  I metaphorically felt the heavy weight of this world and how we are embedded and engulfed with personal battles that we somehow become desensitized and impersonal to the person. 

A lot of people do not think about or take accountability for their actions.  Many are quick to pass judgment on and responsibility to others.  The immediate reaction is to defend and/or blame.  We lose sight of the bigger picture and the greater world we live in and our responsibilities to strangers and friends because we get so wrapped up in our daily lives.  All this world needs and all people need are simple and sincere gestures that can make the most significant impact.  I have found that what occurs in the time spent with someone matters more than the actual ticking time itself.  I have found that a hug, a smile, holding someone’s hand, or just chatting with them means more than an outer presence with inner absence.  When it comes to someone, anyone, or everyone, it is all about commonalities to form genuine connections. 

The weight of this world is becoming heavier and heavier when we unintentionally hurt others with words and actions that hold no responsibility.  The weight of this world is crushing and pulverizing when people view themselves only and have a lack of regard and care for others.   Perhaps the weight of this world could lighten if we all got out from ourselves to reach outside together to care for each other and for others. 

Many of my family members and friends tell me that I need to slow down and lessen my load of involvement with the various transplant, Asian, and arthritis organizations, but I continue to do all this to lessen the heavy load and burden that the weight of the world feels and experiences.  I am one person, but I could never and have never done this all alone.

Do you feel the heavy weight of the world weighing on you to the point that you want to do something about?  How amazing that you alone or that me alone have that chance to lighten the weight of our world if we could have eyes, arms, and heart wide open to others.

Do you ever feel a great sense of responsibility to this world that you live in to complete strangers that could someday be your friend? 

What will you do today and going forward to lessen the heavy burden and weight of this world? 

Keep smilin’,


13 Comments to The Weight of the World:

Comments RSS
joe on Sunday, June 8, 2014 6:53 PM
You have the right ABC -- superb attitude; appropriaate balance; commitment for the care of others-- upwards and onwards
Reply to comment

Jennifer on Sunday, June 8, 2014 7:02 PM
I believe that as human beings we are to live on earth as it is in heaven. I believe Victor Hugo was right when he said: "To love another person is to see the face of God. We are hear to learn to love one another and help those in need. No man is an island and we as human beings most embrace the power we have to bring about good in this world.
Reply to comment

Miss Mary on Monday, June 9, 2014 8:27 PM
Dad and Pappers, it means so much that you took the time to read my post and comment. Blessed to have you both in my life! :-)
Reply to comment

vaser liposuction treatment in london on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:48 AM
The weight management which should be taken an proper care about it and the, with eating junk food habits by which there is increasing in weight so there should be proper food habits should be followed.
Reply to comment

strona internetowa on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 9:12 PM
In usual supermarkets difficult along with reliable or I reckon that the principle insides styling a model out of your previous help for instance , on the nineteenth century
Reply to comment

first aid for crush on Saturday, December 6, 2014 4:40 AM
Now i am not certain exactly where you will be helping your data, but great matter. you explain this matter adequately whilst your style is basically unique. I must devote more time to researching a lot more or perhaps knowing a lot more.
Reply to comment

adresy on Monday, March 23, 2015 6:04 AM
I consider that the chief insides doing your hair as being a pattern from prior tutorial for instance , inside 19th century Window beautification may be the call for blinds, the blinds, hues or simply blinds
Reply to comment

Car Title Loans Chicago on Sunday, August 9, 2015 11:17 AM
Did you realize that there are various projects accessible that will really pay off all or a piece of your school credits? Understudy credit absolution isn't a myth. A considerable lot of these projects aren't broadly publicized and a great many people who are qualified don't even understand that they qualify to have a huge number of dollars wiped off the equalization of their instructive advances.
Reply to comment

Cash Advance on Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:52 AM
There are some tea car financing affiliations online today that put critical vitality in giving car title advances and you'll discover these affiliations offer different choices in light of the fact that they organize with a noteworthy bundle of the best vehicles account affiliations transversely over North America and even Canada. Keep in mind an educated borrower is a sharp borrower, great circumstances to you.
Reply to comment

http://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/forskning/sentre/nssf/forebygging/selvmord-forskning-og-forebygging/ on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:17 AM
Can I just now say what a relief to uncover someone who actually knows what theyre preaching about over the internet. You actually realize how to bring a concern to light and produce it critical. More and more people need to ought to see this and understand this side from the story. I cant believe youre less well-liked when you definitely provide the gift. http://www.med.uio.no/klinmed/forskning/sentre/nssf/forebygging/selvmord-forskning-og-forebygging/
Reply to comment

http://www.portaldaveiro.co.pt/redirect.aspx?page=http://www.spsuicidologia.pt/generalidades/noticia on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 9:17 AM
Reply to comment

http://mxsponsor.com/riders/cross-sutherland/about on Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:05 AM
Recognizing something of all and every little thing of one thing? http://mxsponsor.com/riders/cross-sutherland/about
Reply to comment

https://www.seedandspark.com/user/aaen-handberg/ on Thursday, December 19, 2019 3:05 AM
Hey. Very nice web site!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally…I’m happy to find numerous helpful info right here in the article. Thanks for sharing. https://www.seedandspark.com/user/aaen-handberg/
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint