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To Ease Suffering
Created on 11/19/2010

In a book I've been reading the question of suffering came up. One character asked how best to define suffering - the other character answered quickly -

"Hunger."

He went on to describe how hunger can take many forms - hunger for food, for companionship, for a return to good health, for meaning.

The economy finally seems to be turning the corner yet many in our communities continue to experience great personal and financial challenges. As we enter the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving, perhaps the best way we can express our sincere gratitude for all the good in our lives is to lessen the suffering of another.

Whether that be through providing company to a person who is lonely...

or helping an elderly person carry their groceries...

or the sincere offering of an additional blessing to someone at services...

or the provision of food to those in need...

it's all good. Good for the person to whom your kindness is directed. And good for you, too. Helping people in need reinforces our role in the greater purpose of life.

This past week Harris Teeter associates came together to help bag over 2,000 meals to be distributed to those in need in our community through the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Carolina Panthers' players took part, too.

None of these people were forced to do this work. They simply knew that by doing so they might lessen a family's hunger, a family's suffering.

This season, even the smallest of gestures might help lessen suffering. And all those gestures, large and small, add up to make ours a better world.

And that's something to be thankful for.

Wishing you and yours a holiday season of joy, peace and good health that lasts and lasts.
Be well
Dr. Russ
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