Monday, August 1, 2011

We are all in this together

"We are all in it together. The river of stones, and the river of life. We can encourage each other....We can take comfort in the knowledge that every single [person] ever has had terrible doubts about what they're doing. We can learn how to encourage ourselves, and get better at this as we go along. We can eat chocolate. We'll be JUST fine." 

--Fiona Robyn, writer and midwife of the river of stones

This reminds me of one of the first blog entries I ever wrote and it reminded me of this truth: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

After I read this quote I walked around looking at each person I saw and thinking, "We are in this together." 

Sometimes it was easy to see - my husband and my sons. Sometimes difficult - the annoying person in front of me who can't drive, the homeless man who wants money from me and whose gaze I am tempted to avoid.

But there is no one walking this earth who can be exempted from this togetherness. And when I remember to drop into my heart I can do this.

Participating in the River of Stones project this past month has been great practice in living this truth. As I went about my day, searching for small stones, I knew that there were hundreds of other writers around the world doing the same thing and I felt that we were all connected. We were all searching for the same thing and in that we were supporting each other, encouraging each other and blessing each other in our efforts.

It's the same with those we live with, work with, meet in the grocery store, or just pass by on the street. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. The River of Life. So why not encourage someone today? Support someone today? Bless someone today?

It can be big or small. It can be a huge favor or a tiny piece of chocolate. It can be a gift, a glance, a smile, a ride. Whatever you can do today, do it. However you can live this truth today, live it. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.