Angels Among Us

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.


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4 Responses to Angels Among Us

  1. Love it! Thank goodness for Pema Chodron. She’s helped many of us through challenging times. You’re so right–It is freeing to know we can’t control everything and even more liberating when we realize we can’t control ANYthing!

  2. I relate to your blog on your level. I appreciate being reminded of how lives ups and downs are everywhere. I feel sometimes that I am alone in this big world of the not knowing. I got more grounded when I started martial arts. It brought me a clearer meaning to life. Buddah became my inspiration for inner peace.

    As of now I am not doing my martial arts, but I think getting back into yoga will help me feel better inside and out. Breath in and out 10 times and repeat a mantra that I am not in this world alone and can reach out to those that love us no matter what challenges our lives hold at the moment.

    Elisa Semmons

  3. Singing Luna says:

    What a beautiful reminder of the presence of “angels” in our daily lives. As I navigate through illness and the recovery of my health I am so grateful for the kindness of strangers and dear friends. It is also easy to forget that we can reach out and BE angels for others. cs5711

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