friend of mine forwarded this letter from Anne Thomas in Sendai to me in e-mail. If by some chance you have not read it yet, I highly recommend it. In addition to a much-needed ray of hope in a time of chaos, confusion, disaster and anxiety, I also see in it the marks of “Love outside the box,” and “Uncharted Love.” Anne and those around her are forced step outside of the “norms” imposed by modern society, to experience each other as whole and complete human beings despite loss and grief and dirt and pain. She talks about sharing:
I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.
and then later:
People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”
She talks of strangers asking each other–and meaning it–‘how are you?’ Of people reaching out to each other, and banding together:
And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there.
We humans are not meant to be isolated, locked in our individual lives, never touching others. We are meant to be in groups, and in tribes, working together, playing together, loving together. Anne speaks to this in the closing paragraphs of her letter:
Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.
Thank you again for your care and Love of me,
With Love in return, to you all,
My question to you here today is this: How can we, still living life day to day–as if everything is “normal,” as if separation is our destiny, as if somehow in the midst of billions of people we are actually “alone”–how can we also experience this sense of love and connection and understand that we are all “Separated by the world, yet bound by love“? Does it always take an earthquake, a tsunami, a tornado, a flood, or a fire? Or maybe, just maybe, could we simply reach out our hands, grasp another, and say “I love you” and thus begin to “be the change we wish to see in the world“?
Here is your challenge: Today, reach out to someone you don’t know, someone you wouldn’t normally talk to perhaps, give them your hand if they’ll take it, smile, and tell them “I love you.” Maybe ask them how they are–and actually listen to the answer. If you are so moved, come back and tell me what happened.
I love you. How are you doing today?