I’m sitting here tonight celebrating two events. One is the second anniversary of my moving to Hawaii, and of course the second is Winter Solstice.
December 22 2009, I arrived ”home” to Hawai’i Island and it has been an incredible adventure. At times it seems like just yesterday I stepped off the plane, but at other times it is hard to remember being anywhere else. My friend Frank DeMarco asked if it was 4 or 5 years since I had moved to Hawai’i, so it isn’t just me apparently.
Winter Solstice is a time of reflection and sitting here tonight my thoughts can’t help but turn toward what the coming years will bring, but crystal balls are notoriously foggy and as Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”. I’m not even up on current events lately since I don’t watch TV and only occasionally look at headlines on the internet. There are, of course, no shortage of dire predictions about the future, and some of it may very well be true to some degree, but I’m simply not going to focus on those things and lend my energies to them. In the latest SharedWidom newsletter, Hank Wesselman said:
No matter what happens over the next several years, we’ll be at our best if we are grounded and heart-centered.
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
To all my countless two or three readers that still stop by (ok, and everyone else too) I wish all of you the happiest of holidays and love and happiness in the new year, come what may.
We hear far too seldom about the good deeds of others. My recent post, The kindness of strangers, related my recent experience of being on the receiving end of a good deed. There are far more angels out there than we hear about.
ABC News reported on another angel yesterday. A woman had lost her job and her home which was being auctioned off. An angel happened to be in the crowd that day and the woman is now able to keep her house. The angel, Marilyn Mock of Rockwall, Texas said, “People need to help each other, and that’s all there is to it.”
There are quite literally angels walking among us who give of themselves unconditionally.
I flew back in from a workshop this morning to Billings, Montana and a raging snow storm. I had not packed any warm clothes and when we boarded the plane the pilot told us of the storm. I was chatting about it with the man sitting next to me and was joking about my lack of preparation. I was in a tee shirt, shorts and sandals.
We got of the plane and went down to baggage claim and the man that had been sitting next to me handed me his jacket. He said he only had a few miles to go to get to his home and he could not bear the thought of me making the 130 mile drive to my home in the storm without a warm jacket. I thanked him for his generosity and then went to the restroom and put on some long pants from my suitcase and my other shoes, and wrapped in the warmth of a stranger’s heart made my way across the windy, snow covered parking lot and safely home.
It is things like this that remind me that we humans have more than a fighting chance of making it.
To that kind angel: What blessings I have, I give you.