Messengers 12 January 2016

 

Racer and Aggie 2007

We are all messengers, each and every day. Sometimes, we don’t even realize that our encounters became a message, good or bad, for someone else we met on our path. Every time we come into relationship with another human being, we become a messenger. We may never know their name or their story, but we can have an impact with a simple greeting and a smile, a door held open, or the one voice on the phone not filled with anger at the unfortunate person who is no more at fault for your frustration than you are.

Grace does not come so naturally to us all the time, but it is received by others even in the tiniest acknowledgement that we are all human. Think about how good you feel when you IMG_2411pass a stranger and they look you in the eye, smile, and say ‘good morning’ or ‘hello.’ One thing I love about hiking in Colorado is that everyone you pass smiles and says hello or when you are on that last uphill stretch, usually the steepest climb, those coming down always tell you that you are doing great and you are almost there.

I know I pass a lot of my fellow travelers each day IMG_1812and I forget, that I could be that one smile or wave as our pick-ups pass, that lifts their day or lessens their burden somehow. Who knows what the far-reaching impact of kindness can be? We all have a need to belong, to be acknowledged and included, and to be in community. When we are disconnected, we sicken physically and mentally; we simply are not meant to be alone.

So on your path today, smile at those you meet, offer a hello, and breathe in the grace spreading all over the Earth.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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