While driving home from a family trip, I thought about the other carson the highway. The cars were filled with strangers leading livesthat were independent yet parallel to my own. When did towns becomeso large that it became commonplace to be surrounded by strangers?
Strangers at the store. Strangers on the street. How many strangerswould be friends if we could meet?
Even though you and I have not met, Peaceful Reader, I know we needeach other. Imagine how interdependent and intertwined our liveswould be in a small community. The world is like that, only larger.
Today, try opening yourself to someone new. Show kindness to someone who shares your values and to someone who does not. It is not necessary to like someone to feel an inclusive love for them.
Kindness sees the depth of our sameness. Wisdom sees our essential diversity. Smile through both an easy encounter and a difficult encounter. Make a decision to spread peace wherever you can.
No one can be left behind when we recognize that everyone is an integral part of the whole. Can you see the essential unity that is the blessing of our story? Everyone is a part of us.