Thursday, April 14, 2022

Sympathy or sympathizing

 Today’s automobile:


Until a few weeks ago, normal folks lived here and drove these cars to work.

 Some thoughts for today:



feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune:

"They had great sympathy for the flood victims"

 Sympathy for families who lose loved ones is sorta ‘automatic’ for the human race.  Sympathy does not always mean, fully understanding.

 Here in our motor HOME, thanks to the internet, obits are read each morning. That is one of the ways Sherry keeps in touch with her hometown.  More and more it reminds me of something I do not have, which is a real ‘Home town.’ She sees obits of people she has known since childhood. Since she was in the same school with many of the same people for 12 years, she knows a lot of folks in Belmont, NC.

 But for me, there are only a few people, less than 5 in number I guess, that I have known that long. I know very few folks I was in school with since I attended several schools.

 But even though I have had no contact with the folks Sherry names, I can sympathize with the family members left to deal with that vacancy.

 However you may know a person like I know. Who has been nasty to about everyone they have had contact with in their life.  When they hit hard times, it is just a little harder to sympathize with them. One of those things we must be wary of, it is hard NOT to say,  “They made their bed, let ‘em lie in it.”

  That reminds me of a quote of a leader in the UK who was credited with saying, “I have never wished anyone dead, but I have smiled at some obituaries.”

 Maintaining a Christian attitude when someone asks for help after they have called you every name in the book and even ‘Damned your soul to Hell!’…………. Now that one is tough…… 


I know no one in the Ukraine, but I have no problem feeling for, and having sympathy for those who live there.


PS: “Use some logic, Letting go of a loved one can be hard. But sometimes, it's the only way to survive a rock climbing catastrophe."


Susie said...

I feel great sadness for what is happening in our world. Seems world leaders learned nothing from all the nasty wars there have been. Will they ever?
I never wish ill on others, it can come back and bite you. I do sometimes pray for them. Not all the time, cause gosh, I am not that perfect...yet, working on it. :):)
I look at obits since Covid. Not getting out with your townspeople you can lose touch. I saw just this past week where a girl from my old neighborhood had past. She was the last of her family. That is very sad .
Stay strong and kind, Blessings, xoxo, Susie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do have a lot of sympathy for those folks in the Ukrain. How anyone could take a look at what they've lost and not feel sympathy is beyond me. None of us would want to be in their shoes. I pray for them and sympathies to them for all and who they have lost..Hoping that the war there will soon be over.

yaya said...

I have much sympathy for Ukraine and it's people. They were just going about their daily lives like we do and wham...all gone in a heart beat. I don't understand cruelty to humans or animals. I don't wish bad to anyone but there is that "guy" in Russia who's making it hard for me not to wish that a tree would fall on him.

Mevely317 said...

So glad I'm not the only one who reads the obituaries! Every few months I check both my real hometown and that which felt like home (Abilene). It's crazy how often I'll see a name I recognize and the past comes rushing back. Unsettling, too, when that individual was about the same age as my son.

Indeed, we're all praying for the people of the Ukraine. Like my friend Linda says, the devil is roaming freely.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I'm always surprised when reading the obituaries how people always die in alphabetical order.

Praying for the people of Ukraine and for world peace.

God bless.

betty said...

LOL on Victor's comment about obituaries. I used to read them when we got the paper. Occasionally I'll read some on line but it just isn't the same.

Praying for Ukraine. Sadly when the war began I commented to my husband "this is not the first time innocent blood has been shed and it won't be the last time either." I'm reminded of all those innocent lives lost in WW2.


Dar said...

War is such a cruel state of mind, or in the case of Putin, the Lack of mind. There is no other way for a sane person to see him except as INSANE. God is watching while the devil does his work but even the Russian leaders days are numbered. He will see his day and I doubt it will be pretty. My sincerest prayers and sympathy for all of Ukraine as they try to carry on new again. God is with them, we can rest assured. I continue to pray we also stay safe.
loven'hugs from up north where, yes, it's snowing Again. I keep saying we need the moisture but come on! God has something in mind....🤔