Angels Walk Among Us

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Geneva State Park, Lake Erie, Ohio:

I pulled in yesterday, having nothing to do until Friday’s MRI-fest at The Cleve, a.k.a. The Cleveland Clinic.  Explanation later.

Even a two hour drive tires me out these days, so I was grateful to have exactly a two hour drive here from the not entirely horrid private campground where I laid over for the Sabbath.  I had begun to miss keeping the Sabbath, so I started keeping it again, in a simple way.

The check-in lady at the park desk seemed a bit gruff, and I grumbled to myself as I limped out to my camper.  After my grumble, I reminded myself that you never know, maybe she was in pain or her partner beats her up in some way, or her child is cruel or in jail or rehab or on the street or dead, you know what I mean.  So I let that all be and found my campsite, which is a nice large quiet one shaded by a huge red oak.

A little blue car pulled up half an hour ago, and this same lady got out with a vase of white hydrangea flowers.  She told me that something about me touched her, so she had to bring me flowers.  I fought back tears and gave her a hug.  That is the sweetest thing that has happened to me in years.  Years!

Angels live among us, yet we don’t often get to know who they are.

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  1. ❀😭

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  2. Amazing how an act of kindness can change the entire trajectory of someone’s day. The more we can multiply those acts of kindness, the more colorful our lives become. πŸ™‚

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  3. Laura, (smiling) what a delightful, giving lady! You looked beyond the gruff greeting a got flowers back! πŸ’› Christine

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  4. I love to know about things like this ❀ Goodness begets goodness. Perhaps God was saying "Laura, good for you for thinking twice and showing compassion" and you were rewarded with compassion and giving in return. This makes me so happy and grateful for miracles of any size. Love, Peace and Blessings

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    • Sara, this is such an important time in the Hebrew calendar, although it didn’t occur to me in the moment. Last week we had the hard fast of the Ninth day of the Month of Av, to commemorate the loss of the First and Second Holy Temples and other tragedies that have happened to our People. Our teachings tell us that these things were the direct result of Sinat Hinam, which is Baseless Hatred. This can only be healed through Ahavat Hinam, or Baseless Love. In this way we will fulfill the unwritten First Commandment, which is “Love your fellow as yourself.” In my meditations it is revealed that if we love our fellow as ourselves, then we have to do the work of loving ourselves. That’s often hard to do, especially if we have been taught from childhood that we are unlovable. What better way to love ourselves than to love someone else? Someone who needs love a little more. This also is hard to do. I’m struggling with this. I’m not so good at it. Practice, imperfectly…I read a book by Pema Chodron about how to develop compassion for people who annoy you. Every once in a while it actually works πŸ™‚

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      • Laura,
        There are so many aspects of of your faith that I really appreciate. I mean, many of the teachings are also part of Christianity, of course, but I have to say that some of the traditions and actions taken to observe them are quite beautiful and meaningful…I appreciate and honor that very much. I’m not a “bible thumping” Christian, but I do believe that Christ is my Savior; I just also incorporate other spiritual beliefs into my own. I have found in the last couple of years that there is a great deal to learn and appreciate from Buddhism (not really a “religion”, anyway). I also do my best to live the with the 12 Step wisdom, which is a very spiritual program/way of life if you let it be. It was developed that way. It’s the love, compassion and relationship w/ our Higher Power and fellow humans that I agree with and strive for, that is found in various beliefs and religions. Thank you for sharing so much about your experience. I was fortunate to be raised from birth with that love, compassion and teachings to live our life sharing that. Still, we all seem to have those problems loving ourselves at one time or another, don’t we? And, it is hard work to address that one; and it seems to need to be revisited again and again. πŸ˜‰ I so enjoyed (well, mostly, you know) the couple of years that I was in therapy with a great therapist that was a good fit for me. It helped me by leaps and bounds to truly love myself *as I am*…I had problems with needing to be “perfect” and being overly concerned w/ what others think of me. Well, I’ve certainly gotten over that LOL πŸ˜€ And, I believe in constantly working on our personal and spiritual growth…whether it’s through reading various things, meditation, conversations w/ others, prayer, etc etc. For now, I must get on my way…lots to do today! But, thanks so much again, Laura ❀

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  5. Laura you just made my day! Yes she was an Angle bringing flowers to a sweet loving lady! I believe in miracles!!!

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  6. I agree. There are angels. It’s cool to be one when you get a chance. I’m glad she made your day. Anne

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  7. What a great feel good post. Sometimes it’s the little acts of kindness that gets to us the most.

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  8. Laura between your story and what you said to Sara
    I feel like l’m in Temple at the high holy holidays
    It just feel so good so right
    I didn’t experience what you did today
    But what I had was a blessing none the less
    Today was the first day I could feel the earth under my feet
    I could see the sun crystal clear
    It felt like I had been reborn
    I hadn’t felt like that in I don’t know when
    Great post
    Love you really good
    As always Sheldon

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  9. The Grundlands

     /  August 22, 2016

    Wishing you continued unexpected kindnesses. xo

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  10. What a great moment in time!
    Yes, when someone is crabby, I try to think that they may be in a bad place and try to not take it personally.
    What a nice surprise to receive beautiful flowers!

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    • Really, it’s improved my outlook on humans greatly. Alas, I am allergic to hydrangeas, plus they were attracting yellow jackets, so I had to put them outside to dress up the picnic table. I always forget that this time of year is hard for the yellow jackets…they are everywhere and irritable. You must have to be cautious, or perhaps just your minions πŸ˜‰

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      • Ha! I’m everywhere and irritable now also. My bet is you’d rather have the company of a yellow jacket than me right now… πŸ˜‹

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        • Funny you should say that….had a yellow jacket in the van last night. They’re trying to find places to tuck themselves, so one tucked itself inside my fabric blinds and I couldn’t get it out without damaging something, so I left it there…well, I wouldn’t have thought it, but last night’s thunderstorm woke the sonovabitch up and it stung me twice. How’s that for gratitude πŸ‘Ή

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  11. Love it! πŸ’•πŸ™

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  12. Yup, human is a very cunning disguise for angels. Blessings be heaped upon that lady, and also upon you for your deliberate choice to think positively and kindly.

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    • We are taught that Elijah the Prophet and the Messiah take the forms of the lowliest, most disgusting people…this gives us the opportunity to decide to choose kindness, knowing that we don’t know who really occupies that space and form. It’s not always possible to take the high road on that, because some days our own light is a bit dim (!), but if we can borrow some strength and wisdom, it’s a blessing.

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