In my frequent rides on a motorcycle, I am struck by how many details you cannot avoid. There are the obvious things that few in a car think about. The nature, quality, and nuances of the wind. There is a difference in the wind that to the one who has not experienced it can be confusing; dry, humid, hot, cooler, moist, and jumbled uncertainty. The mood of traffic in general and those around you specifically. On most days, I do not notice it. However, there is an interesting relationship between lots of uncertainty in the new locally and the tension expressed by how traffic is behaving.
As I release myself into the experience of the moment, I find that I continually discover a new range of emotions with small events. The kindness of a barista in passing a message to me through a paper cup of coffee leaves me infused with hope. The politeness of individuals waiting with me for an elevator gifts me with a renewed appreciation for community. Even the struggle to get something accomplished when others are challenging any step forward can be a way of preparing for the more serious battles that we frequently face.
As I think of the collective statement of others responding to love, compassion, and empathy, I begin to see the shared impact of Divinity touching each in a unique way. What unfolds is our choice. What inspires, invites, and instructs is often the small stuff I forget to notice and appreciate. When I do, “I shiver in awe before you [Divinity]; your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.” (Psalm 119.120)
I have no idea what is going to unfold today. I do know that I want to pay attention to the details! Yesterday it was the little things that reminded me of the big things that I was ignoring. In the kindness of others, I rediscovered hope, felt grace’s embrace, and realised my load was lighter.
To the unsung heroes in my life, thank-you! Your inspiration has given me the energy and inspiration for my opportunities.