Thursday night my great-niece and I met for dinner. She has moved back “home” after completing her degree at Texas Tech and working in Lubbock. It was our first time for a “girl’s night” and we had a blast. Yes, that’s her in the picture. No, that’s not at the restaurant, LOL. That is a picture of her and her Chorkie, Max, at her parent’s home on Saturday, but back to Thursday night….
We ate on the balcony and enjoyed the pretty weather, but somehow at some point in the evening, my wallet fell out of my purse. I did not discover it until the next day, and was extremely blessed and grateful when I called the manager and he said that it had been turned in. He was only going to be there until 3 so I left work a couple of hours early (a huge shout out to my supervisors for understanding!), and I got there just before he left. My wallet was intact. 100%!
It is probably no coincidence that I am currently taking a class at my church that teaches 5 principles as a guide to practical spirituality (not religion or law). We are studying Ellen Debenport’s book, The Five Principles. As I sat with my niece at the restaurant, I couldn’t help but admire her natural beauty. Also, her smile can light up a room and she has always been a source of love and joy in this family. It was surreal to realize how many adult stressors she has in her life right now, and for a moment I worried her light may dim, but just for a moment. Then I remembered the first 2 Principles we’ve studied:
Principle One – God is Absolute Good, everywhere present.
Principle Two – Human beings have a spark of divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Their very essence is of God, and therefore they are also inherently good.
Belief in Principle One removes worry, does it not? I’m not saying I can live from serenity at all times, but I did this weekend. I saw Love and Absolute Good everywhere.
My wallet being returned is a tiny example of Principle Two. When I posted the story on Facebook, a friend wrote, “So awesome! Gives you a little faith in humanity.”
Absolutely! That’s why I shared the story, but then I realized that combining Principle One and Principle Two gives me more than just a ‘little’ faith – it gives me great joy and exuberance!
In fact, I’ll share something that may astonish you (or maybe not, grin)…. I have shared many stories about living in “the hood” (5/5/12, 6/12/12, 6/19/12, 6/23/12, 11/17/12, on and on and on), but as I “broaden my understanding of God to a field of love and intelligence that is the foundation of the universe” (Debenport, P. 39), and as I grow and expand my understanding of the great I AM (The Creative Life, Eric Butterworth, Pp. 8-9), I have literally begun to love my neighbors and amazing things have occurred:
- The brakes on Betsy Buick need work so she sits idle in the parking lot for now. When my neighbor Derek found out (you may remember him from my 9/6/12 post), he gave me a big, warm teddy bear hug – so sweet!
- Damian, a neighbor that is a mechanic, came and knocked on my door and checked the brake fluid and lines for leaks & wouldn’t take a dime.
- Suzy & Roberta recently lost their 15 year old cat to kidney failure. They knocked on my door late one night in full-blown grief asking about the crematory services at the vet clinic where I volunteer. When I contacted the office manager, she didn’t bat an eye and talked them through what to do step-by-step. They brought me dinner not too long ago – man, those girls can cook!
- In my last post, errrr, I mean Nonni's post (grin), we told you about the latest puppy I rescued. Well, my new, quiet, wonderful neighbors above me, Gino & Talia, helped take care of him while I was at work. It wouldn't be a success story without them. How wonderful is that?!?
The point is, I see love everywhere now and it is transforming my neighborhood, beginning with me.
I will get Betsy’s brakes fixed as soon as I can, but in the meantime my niece and her husband have loaned me their van. I only had to walk to work one day. A co-worker gave me a ride home that afternoon, and the next day my niece drove all the way here to leave me the van – the day before they left for vacation! The picture at the beginning of this post was taken while I was at their house on Saturday (you can see a photo of them in my 5/5/12 post). Her husband changed the oil and had the tires rotated on the van so I can drive it a little longer. Talk about love!
Even when Betsy is running, I don’t drive her very far from the apartment. Since I have the van, I was able to go to my nephew’s soccer game over the weekend (same family). What a treat!
It was super fun and the weather was great, but when the game was over I noticed one of Wesley’s friends was crying. He was trying not to, but couldn’t help himself. His family was packed up and headed to the parking lot. Wesley’s mom discreetly pointed it out to Wesley who immediately went over and started walking with his friend to the car. He walked the length of the field with him, and had his small hand on the back of his friend’s shoulder the whole way. The family kept walking while the 2 boys talked quietly to each other. Soon his friend was walking taller, with chin lifted and both boys laughed before Wesley came running back and joined some other friends at play. I don’t know what his friend was upset about or what Wesley said, but it was a beautiful expression of love.
I affirm: God is Absolute Good, everywhere present. Human beings have a spark of Divinity within them, the Christ spirit within. Our very essence is of God, and therefore we are also inherently Good.
I’m reminded of a song by the Beatles, “All You Need Is Love.” I saw love everywhere, all weekend. I hope you did too my wonderful readers. Thanks for being here!