More and more I am convinced that we are more alike than we are different. We all have the same hopes and dreams, to live a good life and be able to share it with others. How we define that life and the actions we take to achieve it may be different, but there is still a universality that exists.
I was listening to a story on NPR today about an event being held in Iraq today, it’s a celebration day. They discussed how people when they are in the midst of others who are like them feel less vulnerable. They feel part of something larger than themselves and it’s that synergy that leads us to what’s possible.
Do I believe we are all connected because I really believe it or because I need to believe it? I’ve served in many communities over the past twnety plus years and no matter who I am blessed to serve, I have found that the recovery community, the AIDS community, the cancer community, the domestic violence community, etc. are all looking toward a day of peace both internal and external.
It would be wonderful if everyone felt connected, it might reduce the suicide rate, Alzheimer’s, autism, schizophrenia and a host of other issues where creating alternative realities comes into play. I hope as pilgrims we never lose sight of the need for connection and the power we hold by extending our hands.