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  1. Malag

    It’s what makes me concerned about society, the people around me and the planet. At a big level one action is to ensure I vote. At a close level it helps when I can be kind and helpful.

    2 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    Connection with others inspires me to take responsibility for how we are with each other and the world we live in and see where and how I can give my part together with the people I am connected with to create the world we would like to live in and where peace and love prevails. I learned again that it always begins within oneself to open up to this and to honestly face the pain which might have hindered from doing so.

    2 years ago
    1. Anna

      Ose, such a profound reflection. You are touching a spiritual chord within me and I am immensely grateful to you for that.

      2 years ago
      1. O.Christina

        Thank you, dear Anna ,for your reply also💫. A warm embrace to you, if I may, dear sister in spirit.

        2 years ago
    2. Malag

      Ose the “pain which might have hindered from doing so” resonated with me.

      2 years ago
      1. O.Christina

        Thank you, dear Malag, for your reply and sharing. It is touching and encouraging. 🙏

        2 years ago
  3. S
    S

    We are all human. I want to live a beautiful life and inspire others around me to do the same. Share your stories so that it can inspire others.

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    In my experience, it is the little things that can often have the biggest impact. I try to focus on the little details now – thinking before speaking, simple living, very light footprints and deep gratitude.

    2 years ago
  5. L
    Lauryn

    It would inspire me to live in the present and appreciate each moment for what it is. This would also lead to a greater appreciation of individuality.

    2 years ago
  6. Kristi

    Just recently I’ve realized many people just want to be seen. When I make a good effort to visit and connect I see so many people light up. This has taught me to greet everyone while being as friendly as possible.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      So true, Kristi. Your post made me smile.

      2 years ago
  7. SK

    I appreciate my connections with the people from my past that I ‘ve reconnected with through Zoom. The Vintage 10; CKPC and some familiar faces; They have reignited a sense of passion in our gatherings. Our stories have changed and extended us in our faith journey; we continue to love and hold each other up. When I am on Zoom or on the phone with iris, they make me better through their appreciation of just me.

    2 years ago
  8. Toni

    A person I was once part of the same fellowship with called me yesterday. I left that fellowship for many reasons and he knows I am not part of it. He calls anyway, but not often. I was going to not pick up the phone but I didn’t like the coldness that was in my heart. He is a kind person with sever mental problems and several health problems so I picked up the phone. He told me of his upcoming surgery and the events that led up to it. I encouraged him to trust the outcome will be good and he may have a new lease on life if the results are positive. He agreed and told me about a friend that had the same surgery who is in less pain and is able to walk much better as a result. He was optimistic and so was I. The conversation turned toward the fellowship and some of the behaviors he’s been noticing lately. People are starting to get less diligent in mask wearing even though the group promotes it. Instead of giving in to judgment and anger, I encouraged him to speak up at the next meeting and that his input was valuable for the group as a whole. That was all I needed to say. That outcome is not up to me either. So caring about others enables me to think and speak with more compassion for by the grace of God goes I. Lord knows how defiant I can be. I can’t control how people behave and leaving the group was right for me but might not be for others. So I see that I can still be an influence when I choose to be kind and not judgmental when given the opportunity to speak. I’m glad I picked up the phone. He just needed a little encouragement and support. I felt better for the connection and prayed for his surgery to go well. I can’t fix anyone or control anything but I can bring my cares to God as they come up and then let go. That helps me and hopefully benefits those I pray for. Getting angry only hurts myself and those in the fire of it. So kindness is gentler and quieter and potentially more effective. I can offer that.

    2 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      It sounds like you have been doing a lot of growing, Toni. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

      2 years ago
  9. k'Care-Reena

    HOW MIGHT APPRECIATING YOUR CONNECTION WITH OTHERS INVITE YOU TO ACT DIFFERENTLY IN THE WORLD? WHAT MIGHT IT INSPIRE?

    During my breakthrough transformation (still in progress) I have been able to understand WHY I FEEL MISUNDERSTOOD & TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.
    I have been enlightened & obtain valuable insight on life, most people around me do not view life the same as I do nor do they know what I know. NOW I know, you CAN NOT be upset w/ someone who does NOT know what they do not know, its not their fault.

    This has influenced me when I communicating to others I have compassion while accepting because I have this knowledge I WILL be misunderstood to those “not knowing what they don’t know”, they can’t understand what they do not know. I may feel taken advantage of because “no one gives the way I do”, my former partners lacked the time & attention to give to the relationship but wanted me around [unfair]. This is not to say I am wiser this is to say I have a deeper spiritual connection & able to fulfill my purpose in life. This has inspired me to have a humble and humorous approach when connecting with others. I am also more responsible and take accountability for my experiences in life as well as more spread POSITIVITY when communicating/coaching others. Many people may become annoyed w/ someone who is enjoying life and happy HOWEVER if I let them in on the secret they will join the “Good Life” Club hahaha.

    2 years ago
  10. Chester

    This past few days I’ve been very curious re-learning about sound and will reflect in that context. Sound cannot travel without air. Where there is no air, there is no sound. The sound is dependent on each individual air molecule connected to others, and through this connection the deep powerful impact of sound is transmitted. Similar to air, I see each of us individuals across space and across time as being the vital medium through which that which is good or bad is transmitted. The difference is we have the capacity to affect what we emanate and pass on, although we cannot avoid passing on something. Through our work, through our family, through our lineage, through “the news”, through our daily interactions, through so much of what we experience for good and for bad, indeed we are strongly connected.

    2 years ago
  11. Holly in Ohio

    I have a connection with everyone, whether I realize it or not. In the news today is the plight of the Uyghurs, but many years ago, without knowing their name, I came across something and realized that the chance the cotton I was wearing would have been picked and processed by children or indentured or enslaved people was very high, even today.

    “China produces 22 per cent of the world’s cotton, of which 84 per cent comes from Xinjiang, according to a report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.”

    …and it isn’t just the Xinjiang province and the racial slavery there that is the issue. The issue is that when something is out of sight, and because we like things cheap, that we open the possibility for abuse. We need to shift our values, and buy more local, ethical, and quality items… not cheap and more and costly to the environment and peoples.

    I am not perfect, and I am wearing cotton at this moment and I don’t know where it came from. And cotton is only one of the issues. But today’s question… how would I “act differently in the world?” Quite steadily, a little at a time, a product at a time, going for the “low hanging fruit” first, I have been changing my actions for better impact on the world, for the planet but also for the people all over, whether out of sight or not. Consumption, right now, is the main way we are connected to everyone, whether they are in a small village in Mongolia that has no electricity, or an Uyghur camp, or along a polluted river in Indonesia, or when children are picking through trash in Africa to get the raw materials to make our cell phone.

    Don’t let the size of the problem stop you from making some small action today to help someone on the planet.

    Here are some thoughts:
    Buy Fair Trade organic coffee (I get mine at Aldi)
    Buy Fair Trade chocolate, tea (available in many locations and online, look for Fair Trade brands and be willing to spend more)
    Reduce cotton consumption, or buy used.
    Reduce plastic consumption and plastic trash.
    Regularly visit your farmer’s market or join a CSA or grow a vegetable garden.
    Buy more organic food if you can afford it. (Someone has to work with poisons if it is not organic).
    Buy less stuff, but buy QUALITY; many things you can buy once and make last a lifetime. If you buy less and buy quality, you can take the time to trace it.
    Try an item from an ethical brand of clothing, instead of cheap clothes from a box store. Try just one… instead of a couple or a few cheap ones.
    Wear each item of clothing more frequently – slow fashion, not fast fashion.
    Dispose of your waste with less impact; reduce, compost, recycle, make sure those hazardous items like CFLs, paint and batteries make it to an appropriate facility.
    Don’t buy things from the corrupt.
    Support human rights and food justice issues.

    Just start. Start small and build on it. Don’t indulge in guilt or overwhelm, just put a foot on the path or take one more little step. Each step will help some human, some brother or sister, somewhere.

    With love.

    2 years ago
    1. Ed Schulte

      and the list goes on…..this and the fact that 30% to 35% of food in the west discarded. I get laughed at for not buying on line……that says a lot about the consciousness behind the laugher

      …www.cbc.ca/news/canada/marketplace-amazon-returns-1.5753714

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        I won’t laugh at you, I admire you for that. I have friends in town who also won’t buy from Amazon, but for other reasons. One just says to me, “Bezos is too rich!” I’m still buying from them, and I like that they are going to make their vehicles electric, but you inspire me to redouble my effort to reduce this year and be more thoughtful of what I purchase from them, so I can avoid returns. There are some agricultural supplies that are harder for me to find or afford in other ways, and I don’t think I’ve ever returned those… but clothing is something I can avoid getting that way, and books I search for on Amazon but usually buy from small dealers or a local shop, unless I’m getting a digital book. Thank you for the suggestion! I’m excited!

        2 years ago
        1. Ed Schulte

          Yes should have been a bit more clear I see, It is the buy/ and the return mentality which causes the waist …I certainly see that Amazon fill in for the who can’t get out. In that way they are the Sears catalog service which rural folks counted on. And yes to supporting the small book stores but Digital is very productive for research projects

          Be Well Be Present

          2 years ago
          1. Holly in Ohio

            Thank you, Ed. You too!

            2 years ago
  12. Patricia

    I think I “appreciate” my connection – when I am mindful of it. This morning, this question makes me want to be more conscious and intentional about my connection in more moments of my day.

    2 years ago
  13. DeVonna

    I like to think we are all God’s creation as human beings. As a follower of the teachings of Christ, I feel a responsibility to try to respond to my fellow humans with kindness and care. I do genuinely care about others but I also feel as I get older, a sense of vulnerability. The world has become such a scary place… My goal is to not allow my fears to overwhelm my compassion.

    2 years ago
  14. Michele

    Open mindedness, respect, peace and love.

    2 years ago
  15. Howie Geib

    One of the great paradoxes of my life is my essentially grounded existence as a social being within solitude. The silence of stillness allows for God, for others, and for a sense of connection. I desperately need to connect but not on my terms. Once I heard something that rocked my world. That the most influential thing we might do in our earthly life is likely something we are not aware of. A snippet of overheard conversation between you and a friend while waiting at a busy crosswalk in Manhattan on a summer weekday that somehow changed a stranger’s perception, standing next to you for a few seconds, shifting their lives forever. An earnest smile of gratitude bestowed earnestly on a salesperson who was internally dying from isolation, breaking their spell. For me they are paintings. Those small oils not larger than a postcard, sitting on a Nantucket gallery wall in a back corner: A marsh scene, with an old oak in the background, a storm gray sky with the grass golden with the sunlight from a waning afternoon. It gave me insight and strength at a crucial time in my life. So we are all, in a way. like that painter. Not knowing how other’s paths will cross our wake.

    2 years ago
    1. Patricia

      Once, I had the blessing of someone sharing with me a vignette of something they’d observed me saying to someone else one time – and how it had changed them. I have never forgotten how the “insignificant” moments of my life may be significant to someone else. Thanks for sharing this insight this morning. (Paint on!)

      2 years ago
  16. devy

    Recognizing that we are all connected allows me to look at that fact. That even though we may have our differences and disagreements, we also have our similarities and belong to each other. This makes me think about how to others, that if we do wrong to others that in fact we are also hurting ourselves.

    2 years ago
  17. Ed Schulte

    From the I CHING this morning……… it read ( see Below) what it will inspire is “”Te” pure potentiality in each individual”.

    And a very important point IMO, Pure Individuality within a Unified whole is ultimate purpose of Human destiny,

    2921 03 27 for Cast Hexagram:

    58 – Fifty-Eight
    Tui / Empowering

    The joyous Lake spans on and on to the horizon:
    The Superior Person renews and expands his Spirit through heart-to-heart exchanges with others.

    Success if you stay on course.

    SITUATION ANALYSIS:

    This is the sign of true companionship.
    The principals in this situation exchange energy, ideas and feelings, constantly invigorating and encouraging each other to new heights of Spiritual achievement and Self-discovery.
    This exchange is not for the glory of the Team, but for furthering the process of each individual’s ‘Te’, or pure potentiality.

    2 years ago
  18. sunnypatti48317

    Knowing how connected we truly are reminds me to be gentle with others. I think if everyone thought about how energetically connected we all are, the world would be a better place. I think it would help people remember that what we say and do effects everything. I try to remember that as I go about my days. I have been accused of being too nice, but I would rather that than the opposite!

    2 years ago
  19. Kevin

    For starters, the global pandemic, and how the virus has impeded and hugely changed how I interact with people around me, including touching, not touching, embracing, and physically distancing, supersedes my ability to even begin to consider today’s question. If I am able to respond to today’s question at all with any measure of sincerity, it would simply be: Oh, how I miss my fellow human being, the close bodily chatter, the handshake and hug, the heartfelt no-holds-bar embrace, of that which completes my humanity.

    2 years ago
  20. Carol

    I’ve been inspired by my connection with others for many years and I think it has made me a kinder person.

    2 years ago
  21. Christine

    I had no real connection with this person, except that we were in the same train compartment. I thought he was a scary man. When I got of the train he ran after me. It was very frightening. Then he stood in front of me with my coat in his hand. I had left my coat in the train. I felt so ashamed. Then this kind man saw his train leaving the platform, he missed his train. He was not angry. he gave me a kind and sweet smile. This was a very special connection with an other person, a stranger. I was 15 years old when this happended and it impressed me a lot and certainly affected me and inspired me.

    2 years ago
    1. Malag

      That’s a great story, Christine. I can see why it stayed with you.

      2 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      Your stories are so beautiful, Christine. I enjoy them very much.

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        That is Sweet, thank you 🤗

        2 years ago
    3. Howie Geib

      I love reading this! I wrote about just these kinds of ‘chance’ encounters and their influence. That this memory is intact and significant even now years later. I am so touched as walk around and see examples of this. A child’s mitten sitting on a building ledge along a sidewalk. Left there by a passerby who came across it on the ground, and thinking someone might come back in search of it, leaving it in plain site and out of harm’s way for the retrieval and reunification with it’s owner!

      2 years ago
    4. Kevin

      Beautiful and honest, Christine. Thank you. And yet, I will say, for the very reason you were so understandably and legitimately frightened, many men today, who are understanding and kind, upon seeing your coat on the train, would have left it where they saw it. As a man, it saddens me to know that among my first thoughts and emotions in similar circumstances, my first thought too often is, what are the optics? Should I or not?

      2 years ago

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