Everyday events bring most of us into contact with all walks of life, dependent upon the paths we travel in our hectic schedules. In a flurry, we move from one place to the next, hoping we’re not forgetting something, trying to keep all the plates spinning.
There are many who are homebound who consider themselves fortunate to greet the mail or the meal deliverer. They might follow their daily routine, cautiously optimistic that it will be interrupted by a call or an unexpected guest. All this if they are fortunate to be at their own home.
There are those who watch us pass them by. We with our agendas and demands, so busy; their thoughts known to them alone.
Our connections seem so tenuous at times, the thinnest thread holding us all together. Holding the hand of a beloved, we make visible the connection that has been present all along. We feel what it is to be in a nurturing relationship, to be in the presence of another, experiencing the exchange of emotion, seen or unseen.
It takes a moment’s intention to smile at another. It takes a bit longer to send a text or to call. It takes concerted effort and time to travel to and sit and visit with someone. Above all, it takes courage to let someone else know we see them where they are and identify ourself in all our vulnerabilities, too, to be loving and tender — to care.
Whether a moment’s or a lifelong relationship, showing that we care, that we matter to one another, can change how we move through our days and nights. Bringing positive intention, opening our hearts to one another actually to show our love for our neighbor–not just in words but also in action–could surely change the world.
Every one of our relationships matter, and we have the choice on how we engage in each encounter. I don’t think we realize the power we have.