You hold a block of metal in your hand. And it is solid. And yet within the metal, there are molecules. All moving by laws of their own. Press a block of pure gold against a block of steel, one against the other – then when you separate them they seem unchanged. But not really. A good physical chemist will show that when they’ve been in contact invisible specks of gold molecules have wandered across the barrier of the structure and buried themselves in the molecular structure of the steel. And the molecules of the steel, somehow, into the structure of the gold. I think…that when people are pressed close they act the same way. Part of you enters them, part of them enters you. Long after you forget the names and the faces…they’re still part of you. Sometimes it’s frightening to think…that every person you’ve ever hated, or feared, or ran away from is part of you. I think it means that you carry inside you every person you’ve ever learned from; every friend you ever knew.
~Residence Life Manual, Ohio University ’77-‘78
I love this short verse. I think about it from time to time, reflecting on our connectedness. I try to figure out how many people have crossed my path during my lifetime. I can’t even begin to estimate the number of people.
Sometimes I drift back to the past, thinking back to my childhood and wonder whatever happened to Mary, or I wonder where Dave is now, and the list goes on. They left a little part of themselves with me.
This also gets me thinking about what it is we get from each person we interact with. It isn’t something we can measure, or see, it is what is in our heart and soul. When I look into a stranger’s eyes and smile at them, I am curious if they see my spirit. I get a glimpse of theirs; sometimes seeing joy, other times seeing pain.
Take time to reflect on the various people who have come in and out of your life. Send them love, honor them, and hold them up with good intentions. Love is what makes the world go round.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this post, although we haven’t met face to face, if you click the like button I can hold my new virtual friend up with good intentions.
Love and hugs,