My Brothers And Sisters Are All Aboard*

Be Well Be Happy

When you lose everything like so many in Texas did recently, it doesn’t matter what you had – it’s gone.  So much of a reminder for many in our community.  When we recall those dreadful days, it is amazing that everyone I talk to at least chooses to share the memories of the help and the kindness and the selfless acts and the support and the aid. 

In times of dire need, it seems that people feel like one human family with all brothers and sisters aboard the same boat going to the same destination. During a gathering the other night, someone very passionately talked about how only in times of real distress do people come together.  She was asking why people can’t be there for one another regardless of race, creed, social status, and whatever else we have created to separate us from others.  No prejudice.  No pre-judgment based on someone’s affiliation or appearance. Looking beyond the physical and seeing that we all are in the same boat, the same boat of humanity. 

I wonder why people create things to separate us from each other rather than to unite with one another in humanity.  “Humanity” is humankind and also means compassion, brotherly love, benevolence, charity.  Inherent in our humanness is the quality to be benevolent and compassionate.  I suppose it could have something to do with ego maybe blowing out of proportion to our other human elements. Self-esteem, self-importance, realizing a sense of identity – all associated with the concept of “ego” in balance is ok.  We see fanaticism build when there is no balance or lid to the self-importance.  “My way of thinking is superior to yours.”  “I am right, – always.” “There is only one way.”

So, rather than one boat there are a lot of little boats bobbing around with made-up beliefs that your boat is inferior to mine because of the color of your skin, your nationality, your religion, your politics.  And then there is division.  And then there is conflict. 

Perhaps we can take the lesson of how people absolutely rise to help people in dire need to our every day life and realize that social class doesn’t matter, nor does anything else that individualizes us.  What matters is what we think, feel, say and do.  What matters is how we treat each other and all sentient beings. 

Simply put, we are born, we live, we die.  Why not make it peaceful and happy?

Now, more than ever, perhaps it is time to really ponder the words: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (Mahatma Gandhi)  One by one, we can be the example: speaking and acting in unity.  I have a feeling that goodness, wholeness and unity will prevail. Do you?

“There is no need for temples. No need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples, my philosophy is kindness.” (Dalai Lama)

May you be happy. May you be free.  May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace

*Lyric from “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”

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