I have just had an up-close-and-personal reminder of the incredible goodness (Godliness) that’s shining just beneath the surface of human experience. I was shopping at a store in my home town, when I was approached by a man who made a huge difference in my life. He is one of many to whom I owe so much gratitude. We smiled and shook hands; and within a couple of minutes, I started to thank him for what he did several years earlier. A little back story is required:
In 2006, the apparent life story of Art included a sudden divorce from a twenty-year marriage. The shock of the event was like being driven off of a cliff; the after effects, a free fall that lasted for years. At the time, it was one of the most challenging circumstances I had ever faced. That life had fallen apart was the last thought on my mind before sleep, and the first thought to cross my mind in the morning.
Several months after the initial shock, I was shopping in the grocery store where Mark worked. We didn’t really know each other, beyond making a few passing comments to each other. On that particular day, I must have been having a tougher time than usual, which Mark sensed. For the next ten or fifteen minutes, he listened while I attempted to empty myself of some of the incredible pain that I was feeling. Patiently, supportively, non-judgmentally, he listened. When we parted, I felt better and a little stronger. And Mark was the reason.
As I began to thank Mark again today, he (remembering what had occurred) just patted me on the shoulder, looked me in the eye, and said:
“Hey, we look after one another.
It’s what we do.
It’s why we’re here.”
I was driving the short distance home, when I realized that Mark had summed up the whole purpose of life in just a few words. Whether we realize it or not, we’re here to nurture and look after “One in Other.”
The One that’s shining in me–as me–is the same One that’s shining in you–as you.
In Truth, there are no “others.” When we see beyond the differences in our personalities and fleshy costumes and recognize the God Force in all of us, life flows so much more smoothly. Our human experience then radiantly shines with our immanent divinity.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2023 – R. Arthur Russell
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4 thoughts on ““One In Other””
How lovely! “We look after one another” — five fabulous words. Thank you for sharing. Mark sounds like a terrific person! 🙂
Thank you, Victoria. Yes, “We look after one another.” At the deepest level, which I hope that readers will get from the article, we see beyond the appearance of the person, and see That which is shining within. This is also tied to the old saying “It takes One to know One.” 🙏🏻🧡
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He sounds like a compassionate person, an angel. 😇
I agree, Michele. I believe that we all have that capacity to give and be of service, especially when we get beyond the ego. 🙏🏻
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