It is said that John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, seemed to have lazy eye muscles, which would sometimes cause one to deviate. Kennedy’s picture at the right certainly bears that out. Yet, he was able to achieve the highest office in the USA. President Kennedy showed us that our value is not dependent on what others see. It is set by who we are. Our worth is determined by the person our creator made us to be.
Those who slight others because of physical appearance are the biggest losers. The condescending see only the exterior. But we can channel their taunts to nurture the roots of our compassion. Because we know disgrace, we can respond to the unlovely with grace.
Remember JFK’s famous quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” I challenge you today to a paraphrase of JFK: Ask not what another can do for you. Ask what you can do for another.
Who is the unique and special person inside you? More importantly, who are you willing to become? Next time you look in a mirror, smile at who you can be. Voice your commitment: “I know how it feels to be downcast, trodden under, a castaway. I can help others. I will!”
The hurting and berated are everywhere, and you have what it takes to make a difference. Even with your turned eye, even in real life, even as you struggle yourself, you can do it! You can help someone else who struggles. You may find that you can help even those who reject you. The bully suffers most. He covers his pain with callous words. She hides under a mask of mockery. Can you care for the person who is uncaring? Are you willing to try?
Remember JFK. Refuse to dwell on how others treat you, or what you fear they will see as they gaze on your face. That is not important. What is important is whether you are willing to help others. Begin today to approach each encounter by thinking, “How can I reach out to this person today? What little spark does he need? How can I make her day brighter?”
I dare you to try! Will you take this dare? If you are new to this type of thinking and behavior, it will take practice. Don’t give up, for you will find that helping someone else makes you the biggest winner of all!
If you take this dare, share your story in the comments below.