I was standing in line at Northshire Bookstore Cafe the other day, and noticed that the woman in front of me looked very unhappy. She had a little boy with her who was absolutely delightful and seemed to notice everything (and comment about it). I finally said to her, “Your son is wonderful!” She turned her head slightly toward me and replied, in a monotone voice, without making eye contact, “He never stops.”
I wanted to say, “Good! He is so engaged with life and open. He is a gift and you should appreciate him.” I felt constriction in my chest as I thought this. Suddenly it dawned on me that I could do something about it. As I stood there, I imagined this woman smiling and thought, “You are filled with Divine Love. You are a point of God-consciousness. You are Love.” The line moved along, she ordered and moved to the side, and as I was leaving with my tea, I noticed her standing on the other side of the cafe, waiting for her order. She looked at me and smiled, and I felt a flood of warmth fill my heart.
Instead of seeing her as deficient, feeling bad for her little boy, or trying to “correct” the situation, I realized that when I’m seeing anything as a problem, I’m missing an opportunity to see the Truth: we are all pure Love at our centers (no matter what behaviour we are temporarily demonstrating)….and when I remember this and “see” it in others, I instantly recognize it in myself.
“People fight over whose name of God is the right one. They are severely deluded. Sanity recognizes that God is Love, and all else is details.” pg. 130, Why Your Life Sucks and What You Can Do About It, Alan H. Cohen