Earlier this week I talked with a very wise young person.
She shared about her spiritual and political beliefs. Laughing a little, she shrugged her shoulders and talked about her brothers with very different outlooks on life. She traveled to visit them earlier this fall and shook her head as she described giving them little bits of advice about how to stay safe during the pandemic–all the time knowing they probably wouldn’t take her guidance.
As she told her story, I could see love shining out her eyes for her precious brothers. I also noticed how they did not think at all alike.
“One thing I ‘ve learned in this last year,” she said, “is that it’s about letting people be who they’re gonna be.”
Immediately my chest filled up with waves of love. My body felt what it would be like to love that fully. How utterly beautiful.
And how far I have to go before reaching that all-inclusive compassionate state where love trumps judgment. (no pun intended 🙂 )
How about all of you? Have you been taught by this pandemic (or other of life’s circumstances) to allow people to be exactly as they are?
Or are you still, like me, shaking your head at others who think differently? Wanting folks to think in ways that reflect what feels like loving values?
The problem seems to be that one person’s loving values are another person’s desecration.
Sigh…you can’t turn around a virtual corner these days without someone offering a contrary opinion or reckless action. Sometimes vehemently. Sometimes with more kindness.
It’s a conundrum.
The pandemic taught me that I’m not as spiritually advanced–not as compassionate–as I would sometimes like to think I am. Sometimes it’s possible to open my heart, other times it doesn’t happen.
What to do? It seems to go back to “one day at a time”. One minute at a time. Deeply listening to what another has to say and looking inside until we can resonate with where they’re coming from–even though our beliefs may not be the same. Finding the other person’s heart beneath the strongly held viewpoint. Continually deep-diving toward the Holy Heart.
This morning a Facebook friend offered a passionate rant. I did not agree with her. But I want to deep-dive into her aching heart this morning and see, just see, if my heart’s tuning-fork can resonate with her just a little bit. We shall see…
Day 35 of a seventy-five day journey to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.