In New York you come in “contact” with many different people. The process, especially if there is a conversation involved, can be lengthy, emotionally draining, and at times very difficult. Yet, there are exceptions. I have tried to analyze what makes some interactions easy while others are best described as painful. The difference is not based on the level of our agreement in politics, religion, or any other subject. The contrast in experience does not seem to arise because of backgrounds, shared culture, or any demographic tag that I can identify. The only thing I can say, even in hindsight, is this; our souls know the difference.
I know my analysis can appear and sound strange. It is almost as if I have summarized the human equation in one touchy, unquantifiable, and emotional statement. This is not my intent. I do believe, and my recent time in New York affirms, with time we “know” truth. Experience suggests we learn with time. Part of this learning comes through the knowledge of truth tested, experienced, and lived. I find relationships are part of this learning. In time, with shared history, both parties begin to sense and then know the truth of the relationship. If it is one based on life’s true values then one firsts senses and then in time knows he or she is experiencing a piece of Divinity.
An old writer noted how one group of people was received by another. “You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they're so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.” (Isaiah 9.3) These communities experienced God’s touch when they were with the other.
Life gives each of us unique gifts. I am fortunate to have three individuals in my life – Cherry, Carli, and Whitney. They continue to touch my life in ways no one else does. Beyond this circle is an extraordinary circle of extended family and friends. Their compassion and friendship guides, instructs, and nurtures my life. I hope I can give you this gift.
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