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Strangels

Strangels

 

I have long believed that everyone I now know and love was once a stranger. Hard to imagine my life without some of these folks in it and nearly impossible to conceive of a time when I didn’t know them.  Some I met via those yentas (matchmakers) who just KNEW I had to get to know their friend or colleague since we had things in common. Some I recognized as kindred spirits, family of choice or soul friends (the Gaelic concept of anam cara, highlighted by the writer, philosopher John O’Donohue). With this person, there is a definite sense of HOME…and oh there you are again…how long has it been? It carries with it, a come- as -you- are feeling, without pretense. Then there are those who ever so briefly cross my path and I recognize there is a reason for it, even if we never meet again. Perhaps we shared a laugh over the checkout line at the supermarket as I did yesterday. Maybe it was a kind police officer who let me go with a warning when I made a left turn illegally while lost on the way home from a long trip on Sunday. Still others are Facebook friends, like Theresa Byrne who created this meme and whose insightful writing and feistiness inspires me. Thank you, sister strangel.

Angels sometimes have invisible wings and show up right on time. I do expect them as I set intention each morning to connect with amazing people and have extraordinary adventures.  Consider the inextricable link that joins us heart and soul, whenever you feel lonely or isolated. See the similarities between you and another, not just the walls that separate you. Even if you feel you are nothing like THAT person who seems alien, know that you share a common humanity and want the same things…love, a sense of belonging, that you matter and that you make a difference.

Who will you ‘angel’ today? Who will you allow to ‘angel’ you?

Strange Angels -Laurie Anderson

 

 



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posted 10:24:20pm Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

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