I have an excellent opportunity when destitute, ill, or maligned. It is not a blind alley to back out of, not an excuse for helplessness, but a springboard.
My suffering is my connection, my information about what others experience, and how I can help. If I did not have that experience, that understanding, I would not know how to relate, or what I could do.
I am in samsara too! And suffering, adversity, is the nature of samsara. We are all suffering together. My suffering is no different from the suffering of others. This is my mark of equality. What I suffer is an example of the suffering that others are enduring, often much worse than mine.
I work with that to develop compassion. I re-double my commitment to their liberation and enlightenment. I will do something to reduce their suffering, however little. However I can help, I will help. I will address some suffering, even if it is to leave out a bowl of water for a thirsty animal, or give some spare change to someone who needs money. In that way I will have changed one being’s life for the better. This is how I practice: “May my suffering help relieve the suffering of others.” —TN