No one should have to feel the pain of being forgotten or ignored!
Unfortunately though, every community has a variety of persons who are among the “forgotten” and “ignored”.
They may be ignored because they are different.
They may be ignored because of the way they dress.
They may be ignored because of their social status.
They may be ignored because they are old.
They may be ignored because they are young.
They may be ignored because of their looks.
They may be ignored because of the colour of their skin.
We don’t always know the hurt and pain these individuals are feeling and sometimes these feelings of hurt lead to tragic circumstances.
A while ago I came across a poem that was written by a young girl who committed suicide because she felt ignored and forgotten. It is heart wrenching poem.
Perhaps if the people surrounding her had shown a little more love, and had paid more attention to her, her death could have been prevented.
The poem is titled, “The Greatest Pain in Life”
The greatest pain in life
is not to die,
but to be ignored.
To lose the person you love so much
to another who doesn’t care at all.
To have someone you care so about so much
throw a party…
and not tell you about it.
When your favourite person on earth
neglects to invite you to his graduation.
To have people think that you don’t care.
The greatest pain in life,
is not to die,
but to be forgotten.
To be left in the dust after another’s great achievement.
To never get a call from a friend,
just saying “hi”.
When you show someone your innermost thoughts
and they laugh in your face.
For friends to always be
too busy to console you
when you need someone to lift your spirits.
When it seems like the only person who cares about you,
Life is full of pain,
but does it ever get better?
Will people ever care about each other,
and make time for those who are in need?
Each of us has a part to play
in this great show we call life.
Each of us has a duty to mankind
to tell our friends we love them.
If you do not care about your friends
you will not be punished.
You will simply be ignored…
as you have done to others.
We don’t always know the difference we can make in someone’s life just by showing them genuine care and concern! It could be the difference of life and death.
What can you do today to show genuine care and concern to someone who is “forgotten” or “ignored” in your community?