The other day I was at the Dog Park with our puppy dog, “Toast” here in the wonderful valley we live in. I bumped into a man I had met once, a few years ago now, up in my neighborhood where we were both out walking our dogs on a cold and icy morning.
I was experiencing a particularly rough morning as it was the time when my father had just begun his journey into Alzheimer’s/Dementia and my family was reeling within the shock of it.
As I walked along, tears kept brimming and falling onto my cheeks. As well, my nose was running and I had forgotten my tissues… I felt “a wreck and a tangle” as my wonderful grandmother used to say, and Toast had to work to tug me along, my body slack with grief.
When I saw another dog-walker coming from the opposite direction my spirit flagged. Even to conjure a slight smile felt like too much.
It was only a passingly light conversation—commenting on the weather; introducing our dogs; warning one another of where the icy spots were on that block—but it made every difference. His eyes held so much compassion. His Being was so gentle that it was surely a balm not only for myself that day, but for everyone in his life.
Seeing him again at the dog park, I told him how much his simple Kindness meant to me that morning almost three years ago now, and we both remarked how “one just never knows”….
As “Spiritual beings having a Human experience” we are each given challenging life circumstances not because we are “doing it all wrong” but in order for us to move more deeply into our own heart, while simultaneously being opened up to our shared vulnerability on this human adventure together.
And we are given so very many beautiful opportunities to Be Here for others, and for others to Be Here for us…
We can realize the importance and the power of Love, over and over again. And one day we’ll just live from Love, no matter how messy and illogical and impractical and undesirable the circumstances may look to the Mind.
It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. The whole beautiful mess.
You are Love; You are Loved,
~ Em Claire