How many people struggle to get through the day? Fighting silent battles, unable to reach out for a helping hand. How could it be that studies show it is not obesity, but loneliness, that is the greater threat to survival? How can we treat this disease? The answer? Compassion,interpersonal relationships and awareness.
Mother Teresa observed, “”The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.” These words so aptly describe the debilitating fear that grips so many.
This poses the most difficult question: How can we improve our awareness of suffering? The first solution? Build relationships. Extend your care and compassion to a wide variety of associates. You may be able to sense a problem with your closest friends. But how much more could a lunch, movie night or conversation abate the problem? More than you could ever expect.
Similarly, compassion has no limitations. A few minutes of your day could change the trajectory of another. It could be the man on the street corner or the man who seemingly has it all.
How can you be aware of a problem if you are ignorant to the problem? This is not to say that people don’t care. Quite simply, humans want to be wanted. In a day and age where abuse is considered love, crisis is your problem and fear is your own fault, the stereotypes must be broken. Be proactive, and don’t disregard this silent killer.