’Idál, 04 ‘Núr (Light), 179 B.E
It seemed like the time simply evaporated today leaving me with a feeling of having been busy, but not doing anything notable beyond the normal daily routine.
Since my brother-in-law has been with us during his post-stroke recovery, I have had the chance to see firsthand what a challenging process that is. This article from the American Stroke Association — Post Stroke Mood Disorders — describes the situation quite well. Here’s an excerpt:
It’s not uncommon for survivors to experience all three mood disorders. The good news is that treatment is available. For depression and anxiety, one of the best treatments is counseling or therapy with a licensed mental health practitioner. Caregivers should encourage their loved ones to get assessed. If they’re reluctant to see a mental health professional, they might be willing to see a pastor, priest or rabbi.
We’re in the “encouraging” stage. Maybe that’s why I’m exhausted at the end of day. That said, if I wasn’t cut out for the job I wouldn’t have it, right?
The body politic today is greatly in need of a physician. It is similar to a human body afflicted with severe ailments. A doctor diagnoses the case and prescribes treatment. He does not prescribe, however, until he has made the diagnosis. The disease which afflicts the body politic is lack of love and absence of altruism. In the hearts of men no real love is found, and the condition is such that, unless their susceptibilities are quickened by some power so that unity, love and accord may develop within them, there can be no healing, no agreement among mankind. Love and unity are the needs of the body politic today. Without these there can be no progress or prosperity attained. Therefore, the friends of God must adhere to the power which will create this love and unity in the hearts of the sons of men. Science cannot cure the illness of the body politic. Science cannot create amity and fellowship in human hearts. Neither can patriotism nor racial allegiance effect a remedy. It must be accomplished solely through the divine bounties and spiritual bestowals which have descended from God in this day for that purpose. This is an exigency of the times, and the divine remedy has been provided. The spiritual teachings of the religion of God can alone create this love, unity and accord in human hearts. 1
- ʻAbduʼl-Bahá. The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by ʻAbduʼl-Bahá during His Visit to the United States and Canada in 1912. Edited by Howard MacNutt. 2nd ed. Wilmette, Ill: Baháʼí Publishing Trust, 1982, 170. https://www.bahai.org/library/authoritative-texts/abdul-baha/promulgation-universal-peace/12#110529474. [return]