Emboldened with my detailed errand list, bottle of water, cell phone, gum and keys out the door I go to accomplish tasks that will take me from one end of town to the other. I silently bless the journey so that I will be patient and kind and so that the other drivers will be focused and hopefully not cranky! At every stop on my list I will interface with any number of total strangers. I admit, that in the past, this fact tripped me up with feelings of discomfort as I would feel compelled to be at a certain level of joy to be presentable to others even if the others were unknown to me! Of course, when my discomfort was prickly enough and had been a problem for long enough, as is the way of inexplicable grace, I was presented with a new and different thought that opened the gate to feeling differently and in so doing modifying my behavior. This brought me 3 kinds of joy! Truly. I began to take note of the the whispers from Spirit regarding the lovely people that were presented along the day's path. The funny guy at the meat counter has a young daughter that makes him want to be his very best self. The helpful lady at the pet store is needing some Reiki on her right hip. She carries way too many bags of dog food in any given day. The bank teller furrows her brow not in computation over my transaction but because her significant other neglected to call as had been arranged...again. In each interaction set before me there is a sudden stillness, a glimpse is given, whispers are heard in the heart. "Look up, meet my momentary gaze, see my Spirit connect with your heart." It happens so quickly but it happens just the same. I've learned to watch for it, wait for it. It has become almost a game I play in public. When is the moment when I will look up and the person I'm interacting with will meet me face to face. And in that moment, I find myself filled with a sincere smile, a silent blessing for them while knowing beyond any doubt that I am the one blessed. This is not to say that there are not interactions while out and about that do not go as pleasantly as what I have described here. Still, I would find it difficult to remember the last time it was so.
Just for today. Bless everyone you come in contact with. You are not meant to fix anything that does not serve them on their journey. You are just perhaps meant to allow yourself the opportunity to connect Spirit to Spirit for just a blessed nanosecond by looking into a stranger's eyes.
And as you do...the rest of us benefit.
And so it is.