Do I Make Any Difference?

From ‘Essex County’ by Jeff Lemire, Annie the nurse says, ‘I lost a patient today… Humph!… I know what you’d say if you could. You’d say, “It’s part of your job, Annie. Won’t be the first, won’t be the last.” But I… well sometimes wonder if I do any good at all. Do I make any difference in these people’s lives?

We are all patients of Samsara who lose one another while trying to nurse one another towards Nirvana that is True Happiness. There are two kinds of doing good – good that benefits another for this life and good that benefits another for good – for the next life too, for advancement towards Nirvana – the end of being caught in the cycle of life and death. The latter is the true way to make lasting differences.

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