Monday, April 1, 2013


by M. J. Joachim

Abandon, the idea of leaving something behind, releasing oneself from obligation, duty and relationship, appears on the surface to be an act of carefree self-realization. Realistically speaking, however, it is rarely that simple.

As I consider the word abandon in the context of humanity, it is impossible not to think of all the people, particularly children, who have been or felt abandoned in their lives. These are strong individuals who avoid asking for help (even if they really need it), strive to do what must be done (regardless of personal costs) and limit close relationships (largely because they don’t know who to trust).

Mother Teresa served the abandoned in this world. Many were the people in the street – those who for whatever reason, were left to suffer and die alone without dignity, hope or love. But there are others, those destined never to live in the streets, bound by the abandonment felt in the most private depths of their hearts.

Lonely, isolated individuals who try so hard to function in this world….they are the different ones, the people few if any can relate to. Given the chance, they prove themselves worthy of the love and respect others might give them, if only they’d take a chance.

So many people hurt (deeply in the core of their souls). So many more turn a blind eye to their pain, when a simple gesture of love, a kind word or listening ear might ease their pain. Remembering these people when we think of the word “abandon” is one small step toward making the world a better place and being more effectively human in our own right. Let us never abandon our cause to be human enough to help people in need and recognize those who live in a world of abandonment, regardless of how or why they got there.

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M. J.

Photo credit:  At Eternity’s Gate, Vincent van Gogh, GFDL – Reproduction/Public Domain
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