To give and to receive are one in truth. [W-p18.104.22.168]
Yesterday I went out into the world.
My partner & I were on an adventure with friends. It was a CSI virtual adventure.
Hundreds of people walking about in the city. Faces deep in the corresponding app on their phones. Searching for clues. Trying to solve the mystery.
It was a blast.
As I was rounding a corner, I noticed a lady standing alone, red eyes, watching us all pass.
Good Morning. I said.
She looked me straight in the eyes and gave me the most heart-felt thank-you I have ever received. And when I looked. When I really looked. I saw that she had felt unseen. That with all of the hundreds of people milling about. She felt misplaced and alone.
I kept on walking, nodding to her in understanding.
It was a simple gift. Not something I would really consider a gift on most days. A tiny greeting. But, in reflection, I felt eternally grateful for the exchange. That I hadn’t walked by without a word. As I so often do. It warmed my heart. And it filled me up.
It was a gift I received just as much from experiencing.
Lesson 108 reminds me that our lives contain so many moments like these. For each simple gift of love and kindness we give, our light is returned over and over again. It is a vision beyond what our eyes can see. A knowing of grace beyond our physical existence.
We give it in the simple things. Like a greeting. And we receive it in the love we share with one-another. Today I issue a simple challenge, if you are game, try this practice: Offer peace, love and light to everyone you see today. Try using these words or come up with your own:
To everyone I offer tranquility. To everyone I offer peace. To everyone I offer gentleness. [W-p22.214.171.124-3]
Give it away. And watch these gifts blossom in your own life. Returning back to receive the light you give to any other.
Namaste Sweet Friends.
All quotes are from A Course in Miracles, copyright ©1992, 1999, 2007 by the Foundation for Inner Peace, 448 Ignacio Blvd., #306, Novato, CA 94949, www.acim.org and email@example.com, used with permission.