"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" - George Elliot
December has arrived with the promise of symbolic gifts. I am often so busy rushing through my life that I miss them entirely. To celebrate the season of reflection and love, I honor a different gift each night. Focus brings understanding and gratitude, perfect for renewing their influences throughout my life.
Today I cherish the gift of people in my life. As a child I learned to mistrust everyone in my life. As an adult I hide myself from people in many subtle ways. It is a lonely place to be, but it offers a safe place to hide. Today I was healed by the goodness of people. When I needed help with a situation at school, nearly everyone reached out and offered to help me. They e-mailed, called, and stopped by to offer their help.
Tonight I was having a hard time staying centered on learning in class. On break I went to my nemesis - caffeine. The machine ate $1.10 of my money. When I went back to class and shared what had happened, four people pulled out money to buy me a drink. When things got difficult tonight, they made me laugh and told me everything would be okay.
The kindness of the people in my life heals the wounds I have carried for so many years. I am truly blessed with the gift of people.