Wisdom in Community
While I was busy standing on the edge of a nice little emotion meltdown last night, a lovely and gently loving friend of mine was sending me a “Whassup?” email.
Maybe she didn’t know what she was getting herself in for when she sent that email, but I think she did. What she got back from me was a bullet-ed list of things “Whassup”, and none of it very nice.
Sometimes it’s nice just to have someone listen. Sometimes it’s nice just to have someone put their arm around your shoulders, walk with you a little way and say, “Yeah, I know, me too,” even it is only through the virtual reality of the internet.
And it’s even nicer when your friend can give you something to help: a word of wisdom, a call to follow your breath, a call to community, a call to take comfort.
And then, while holding on to that call and that breath, to be able to reach into your pocket and find another gift from another friend. Something to hold on to, an anchor to hold my body here while I let my spirit and breath rise up to meet each other.
But isn’t the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, like that? A kind of Virtual Reality? You call out in your distress, you feel like you are calling out to the air, out into space, into nothingness, and yet…there He is, with you.
“We do not walk this path of faith alone; we are accompanied by friends and family who are our sisters and brothers in Christ. We depend on one another and find in one another a wisdom no one of us can claim on our own.” –d365.org
There is Wisdom in Community. Let us hold each other up…
“Suffering requires us to descend into ourselves. As there is no other way out, we are obliged to call on the power of the soul and spirit. When we succeed in doing so, instead of groaning and crying out in rebellion, we exhale a delicate perfume.” -Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov