December 2018 Soul Notes
On my walk this morning, I tuned into The Moth podcast, which presents true stories told to live crowds worldwide. The story I was listening to was of a young boy desperate to have a photo taken with his hero, actor Jackie Chan, who was visiting his home town. In the story, he is helped by an anonymous woman in a blue dress who quietly makes it happen when his own courage fails him and when his parents refuse to help. His reflection is that there are three kinds of people whom we meet in life, our idols who inspire us, those who love us who want to teach us life lessons and just those "really, really nice people in the world who just want to help".
As I heard that, I began to reflect on all the small acts of kindness which have touched me this year, both directly and as witness. The sometimes imperceptible moments when someone pauses and sees you and what you need and responds. In those moments, I feel soft and boundaryless and wholeheartedly grateful.
I began to think of all the people who have shown me so much love, support, friendship and care, who have given me practical help, nudges and advice throughout the year. I feel so fortunate to have so many really kind, thoughtful, intuitive people around me.
So I wanted to end this year with a huge thank you to each and every one of you who has travelled this year with me. I have learned so much from you. You have cast light on my path. You have held my hand, made me laugh and encouraged me. You have provided safe refuge. Kept me close to myself and reminded me of what's important. You have brought curiosity and enquiry to our conversations. You have left your judgment at the door. You have invited me to do the same, especially in relation to myself. You have shown me your courage and opened your heart. You remind me of all that is good and kind. You have been the best company I could ask for. Thank you.
With love and peace for the holidays. May you experience an abundance of loving kindness along the way.