My Spiritual Journey preparing for Shavuot
During 2nd night Seder with my local Chabad, I expressed Chesed to others because there were opportunities. My heart oppened to strangers, and they received the lovingkindness I offered.
People whom I don't know arrived. They'd never been to this Chabad and don't live around here. I could see that the woman's hand (my age) was dangling (stroke?), so I offered to help her with her elderly mother and the wheelchair.
At my table I expressed compassion to another single woman my age because she said that her elderly mother is on hospice and her daughter-in-law across the table from me, is undergoing treatment for throid cancer. I listened and offered blesSings. Must be hard to have a 7 year old child going through this, and also to want more children, and not be able to at this time, as the husband expressed. After some time, we discovered that the married son and my daughter know each other from their Jewish day school. Small world.
During Day 1 I went to my elderly friend, Edith, to help with her eye drops, as I do most days when no one is around. I will go back late afternoon to give those scheduled eye drops. While visiting Edith she had me help a neighbor of hers who had an acute issue. I took care of what needed to be done, and did some brain-storming to further help the issue. (Later the long-distance issue was resolved.)
On this Day 1, in Lovingkindness, I've begun to prepare a present for Edith's 91st birthday arriving in two days.
I've also created and sent a get well card to another friend recovering from another cancer surgery.
May I be blessed to be a vessel to offer blesSings to others.