Here we are together in December with little lights beginning to twinkle as nights grow longer. Maybe December is life's mixed cup magnified. The light and the darkness. Expanding in festivity and tucking in to rest. The sweet joys in the presence of sorrows. Finding the grace to live wholeheartedly with what is, what isn't, and the mystery of what is yet to be.
At the close of this year, I celebrate our ongoing connection, full of gratitude for knowing you and the opportunity to share reflections and news around our circle.
Today I was waiting for the elevator in our building while looking out the window at my bus approaching from a not so far distance. Would I make it downstairs on time? One of our custodians noticed my situation and as soon as the elevator doors opened, she jumped in with me, pulled out her ring of keys, and said, "I'll put it on EXPRESS!" Without stopping at any other floors, we made it to ground and I made to the bus stop in good time.
Kindness of fellow humans! This connection buoyed my spirits as the day began. I smile now just writing of it. Even if I had missed the bus, the nourishment of this moment would still provide sustenance. What a difference we can make for one another by seeing each other and responding with care. In this case, we were literally in it together.
As Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen writes, "There's a place in us that nobody can give us and that's our initial nourishment and our own protection...But also, if we feel we're so independent and don't need anyone, we won't be able to grow to our fullest ability. And that's where community comes in. To grow fully, we need ourselves and others."
This December, I hope my offerings may be a place for connecting inwardly with our initial nourishment as well as outwardly in friendly community. Blessings and gratitude to all.