With the #MeTooIndia movement gaining momentum, it’s difficult not to be disheartened. But there’s also something beautiful afoot. I’ve watched and experienced how one woman’s story of pain is empowering another woman to share her own pain and begin the process of healing. Wounded healers, that’s what we all are.
A Rabbi who came across the prophet Elijah, and asked him: “Tell me—when will the Messiah come?”
Elijah replied, “Go and ask him yourself.”
“Where is he?” asked the Rabbi.
“He’s sitting at the gates of the city,” said Elijah.
“But how will I know which one is he?”
The Prophet replied, “He is sitting among the poor, covered with wounds. The others unbind all their wounds at the same time and bind them up again, but he unbinds only one at a time and binds them up again, saying to himself, ‘Perhaps I shall be needed; if so, I must always be ready so as not to delay for a moment.’”
Reflecting on this story in his book, The Wounded Healer, Henri Nouwen adds, “What I find impressive in this story are these two things: first, the tending of one’s own woundedness and second, the willingness to move to the aid of other people and to make the fruits of our own woundedness available to others.”
Nouwen writes, “Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but ‘How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?'”
So today, I’d like to remind you, dear friend, don’t feel inadequate if a friend confides in you – sharing her story – when we listen without judgement, we are creating space for healing for ourselves and for others.
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