There is no such thing as “my” bread. All bread is ours and is given to me, to others through me, and to me through others. For not only bread but all things necessary for sustenance in this life are given on loan to us with others, and because of others and for others and to others through us.
All great spirituality teaches about letting go of what you don’t need and who you are not. Then, when you can get little enough and naked enough and poor enough, you’ll find that the little place where you really are is ironically more than enough and is all that you need. At that place, you will have nothing to prove to anybody and nothing to protect.
That place is called freedom. It’s the freedom of the children of God. Such people can connect with everybody. They don’t feel the need to eliminate anybody . . .
~Richard Rohr, Healing Our Violence through the Journey of Centering Prayer (Compact disc edition)
What if you approached every person you encountered during the course of each day as though it would be the last time you see that person? Would it change your interaction with the person? Would it change what you did or said? In what way?
The universe is a complete unique entity. Everything and everyone is bound together with some invisible strings. Do not break anyone’s heart; do not look down on weaker than you. One’s sorrow at the other side of the world can make the entire world suffer; one’s happiness can make the entire world smile.
Everything I do and say with anyone makes a difference. ~Gita Bellin
I made a decision some years ago that I was going to make it a personal mini-mission to try to engage every person who waited on me in a store—from the cashier at the grocery store to the person serving my coffee—in a personal way. These are jobs in which it’s easy to become invisible, and I wanted the person to know that I really saw him or her. This meant that I had to ask something, comment on something, engage the person somehow in a brief exchange so that we could really connect, if only for a few moments.