As I enjoyed my habit of coffee house cappuccino imbibing, I caught snippets of conversations from other people’s lives, stories that involve doubt, sadness, joy, betrayal, disappointment, worry and realized again that we are fragile, we are human, we are all connected…we all have similar stories, experience similar difficulties. And, as we get older, we have more stories!
“The first noble truth of the Buddha is that when we feel suffering, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong….Suffering is part of life, and we don’t have to feel it’s happening because we personally made the wrong move.” Thank you, Pema Chodron—what a relief. Not that there is no sense of personal responsibility in life’s events, but it is a little freeing to keep in mind that we cannot control everything that happens to u and are not personally responsible for all that happens.
Thankfully in times of trouble we all have angels…as I wade through my own big life changes this year I need those angels; I am immeasurably grateful for those angels. Angels in the form of a girlfriend only a text message away, generous family members, a stranger who tosses out a random compliment that lifts my spirits, a friend who recommends me for a project, a strategic invitation to just the right event, keys arriving in the mail to my dear friend’s beach house to use “whenever I like,” the delicious time to enjoy an unhurried lunch with a woman I have been friends with since age 7.
Connection, kindness, being where you are and loving who you’re with for the time they’re with you…People (angels) come through for us when we are in need, sometimes without even knowing the effect they are having. Our angels help us transform, to understand more, to embrace our higher selves and, when we lose our way our angels help us right ourselves. Thank you angels of all stripes, sizes and species everywhere.
Lokha Samastha Sukhinho Bhavanthu.
The sunset from Borobudur in Java, November 2012. Not possible to feel anything but grateful to be alive and experience such majesty.