Friday, May 16, 2014

Just be there for others

More from Anne Lamott and her Stitches book: "The world is always going to be dangerous, and people get badly banged up, but how can there be more meaning than helping one another stand up in a wind and stay warm?"

Isn't that so right on? At one time or another, we all get "badly banged up." Life happens. Death. Divorce. Illness. Job loss. Losses of all kinds. Failures and disappointments. All manner of heartbreaks. And where would we be without our relationships? Without our friends and loved ones? Without the love and care of God or whatever you name your Mystery or Higher Power?

Life is about being there for one another—whatever that means at the time. Bearing witness to what has happened. Bringing casseroles. Sending cards. Making phone calls to say you care. Hugs. Sending flowers. Helping someone else cry. Simply showing up.

Tend those relationships. No matter that your to-do list is long, long, long. At the end of the day, is there anything more important than the people in your life? Traversing this planet can sometimes be extremely difficult and dangerous. And we do need each other to get by.

Who might need your attention today?

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