Temporary and timeless
Yesterday, the sun set on one of the world’s purest and most unsung heroes, a man who dedicated his entire life to the betterment of humanity: Abdul Sattar Edhi.
There is too much to write about Pakistan’s beloved Edhi sb, and too much grief and sadness to sort through. For now, I just want to share a prayer:
that the world will know about Edhi sb’s work and labor and love. And that through knowing, we can be inspired to action, to create the change that Edhi sb desperately lived and died for.
There is so much disastrous news in the media today, and one thing that hurts the most about Edhi sb’s passing is to be traveling outside of Pakistan and realize how few people know about “Pakistan’s Father Teresa.” (Or perhaps even how little we know of his work within Pakistan). Of course, Edhi sb was so impossibly humble that this is how he preferred it. But don’t we owe it — not to Edhi sb or his work — but to ourselves and to humanity, to learn about and celebrate the world’s true heroes. Their work, their labor, their love.
Struggling with these questions, I walked up a small hill in California and was met by the most incredible gift: strokes of light and life from Edhi sb (pictured below). A tribute to humanity and to the world he cared so very deeply about. A reminder that there is beauty all around us — that there are unbelievably incredible people and there is unspeakably beautiful work happening everyday — but that we have to constantly be looking for it. Otherwise it will set, like the sun, without us even noticing.