It’s not easy to be a pastor . . . or a teacher, health professional, caregiver, spouse, parent, child, social worker, housekeeper, office administrator, civil servant, human being. I have been thinking about those among us who “bear the brunt” of life’s difficulties. The dictionary describes this as “enduring the worst of bad circumstances.”
Consider . . .
- The families who bear the brunt of a person’s addiction.
- The spouses who bear of the brunt of their husband or wife’s dementia.
- The child who bears the brunt of a parent’s mental illness.
- The employee who bears the brunt of an employer’s frustration.
- The poor who bear of brunt of greedy people.
- The human beings who bear of the brunt of working for an erratic commander-in-chief.
I can’t imagine what they are enduring.
It’s a beautiful day in Chicago this afternoon. Take a moment to say a word of thanks for someone who has borne your brunt. Take a moment to imagine what it’s like for those who cannot enjoy the day because they are bearing someone else’s brunt. And reach out. Maybe we can give somebody a break.
This post was inspired by this article and all who are enduring the worst in difficult circumstances.