“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” ~~ Fred Rogers
In this story, there are two boys. Their Mama’s cousin came for a visit one day, and while she was there, she listened to them and she watched them and she noticed them. Not in that overwhelming way that some of us do sometimes, that actually draws more attention to the adult and makes the child anxious, but quietly and thoughtfully. Just aware of who they are.
The next week, when she had gone home, two boxes arrived in the mail, addressed to the boys. The cousin was giving them her old Lego blocks. Gearhead Boy received a special bagful of gears in his box, and Racecar Boy received racecars in his (“Look! You can make them crash together, and they come apart! And then you just put them back together again!) They felt noticed and known.
Isn’t that really what our Work is about? We’re here to notice each other, to let each other know that we see who they are. Sometimes it’s just a raise of the eyebrows in the middle of a conversation, and you know that person gets you, sees you. Sometimes it happens when someone asks you just the right question at the right moment, totally heart-open to listen to your truth. Sometimes it occur when someone says, “You have been working so hard at that task. That must be really important to you.”
In some Christian practices, people seek the Christ in each other, look for the living Incarnation of the Divine in those around them. Wouldn’t healing seep into all our crevices if we watched for the beauty and truth of the Great Mystery in each person we met? How might our perspectives on each other shift? How might our world change?
1. The Village. Noticing. Loving. Healing.
2. Corn on the cob
3. Summer Storm
4. Green beans
5. Pie R Shared. It is all gone now, but it helped to create the circle as completely as any equation. Pie R Best Shared.
May we Walk in Beauty! So much love, People! So much love.