When I started to immerse myself into being present, I began to appreciate the connection to everything and everyone around me. There is a school of thought that we affect others by just being, including things as invisible as our thoughts and “energy.”
With that in mind, I really want to be someone who affects others in a positive way. One way I do that is to see and appreciate the connection I have to things around me.
It may sound crazy but when brushing my teeth, I think about the factory worker who made the toothbrush, the person who invented toothbrushes and wonder if they had a chance to appreciate the sun that we all share when it woke up from the night this morning. I think about the running water and how grateful that I can simply turn on the faucet and know that it’s clean and easy to get to – so many people don’t have that luxury.
For such a trivial act, it makes me rich.
I think about my life, my family, my ancestry and the part we’ve all played in the human history, all ripples in the larger scheme of things. I think about how I am connected to so many good people today, the maintenance guys at my office building, the parking security woman, my co-workers, my family. I also think about how lucky I am to have a house to call home, my cute doggies, my wonderful neighbors, a car to give me respite while driving throughout LA. I appreciate the simple, cheerful symphony of the birds greeting the young sun, the folks driving on the freeway above my neighborhood, hoping that everyone has a good day.
It extends to those who challenge me in one way or another, my initial reactions of "pompous" or "abrasive" make me pause long enough to realize that I'm connected to them, too. I realize that I have that capacity as well, perhaps (and hopefully) exercised less often these days. As I continue on my life's tapestry thread, changing color over time, so must they have their story and moments, too, their part of the tapestry, intertwined with mine, adding to its overall beauty.
In this way, I become connected with people I don’t even know, past, present or future, seeing everyone and everything as a beautiful thread in the tapestry of time.
Because of that, I believe we all matter, we all are beautiful and we’re all needed as we are in this moment.
That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind. Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven