I spend a lot of time thinking about myself. Am I happy? If not, then why not? What is missing from my life and how can I get it? Now! I have a beautiful, healthy family. I have food in my fridge. I have straight teeth. Some days, for reasons that remain unknown to me, it is not enough to have all my needs met. I wake up thinking about what is lacking from my life, although there is abundance all around me. I am always wanting more even though I know I have more than enough.
Me, myself and I are the most popular topics in my mind most days. Most days, except for this past Sunday.
This past Sunday morning, in the village where I live on the Gold Coast, the community came together to send love and light to a neighbor who is dying. I don’t know this woman very well, but her smile and energy are magnetic. Her nature is so gentle I literally want to whisper around her. Her husband is a bright, beautiful ball of energy, exploding with exaggerated excitement over my daughter when we ran into them in our local cafe. He always shares his breakfast with her and talks to her about his day as if she was the most important person in the world. And his wife is dying.
I had no idea she was dying until this gathering was organized. Of course we would get up a little early and walk down the street to the bridge where our neighborhood would come together. We would get up a little early and not think about ourselves. We would get out of our pajamas on a Sunday morning and step out of our self-indulgent thoughts and gather on a bridge to think about two people who, despite facing the unimaginable, radiate joy and love.
These are two unique people, and this is a unique community that would come together to honor them, pray for them, bathe them in thoughts of love and light, throw flowers in the river for them. It would be a shame if I couldn’t hang on to this experience and learn from it. There really is nothing more beautiful or more important in this world than loving those around us – and letting them know they are loved.
Until next time…