feeling off at nautilus teachings

 

 

“be KIND
for everyone you meet
is fighting a battle
you know nothing
about…”

how
do
you
know?

how
can
you
know?

should
you
care?

life can throw us
curve balls
at any time
in our tiny lives…
for the most part
people are good
at putting on masks
and covering up
their battles,
flaws, losses, pain…

they are fabulous
at showing off
all their trophies
accomplishments
awards
their kids straight A
report card
photos of their new
grandchild
their new car,
house
and let’s not forget
their new purse,
necklace
surfboard
bike…

but
what if
the person
your hired,
are working with,
sit next to in church,
your neighbor
acquaintance at the gym
favorite publix
deli person
or check out
is holding on to something
so tight
they mess up?
overcharge you?
drop your eggs?
paint your wall the wrong color?
or just act
as if they have
never seen you before?

call it brain farting
baby brain
brain fog
absentmindedness
forgetful
early stages of
dementia…
but
someone you know
is just plain
OFF,,,,


sure,
we all have those days…
for some of us
its weeks
months
even years
when the inside of us
is so torn up
whether it is ravaged by disease
wracked with pain
empty from loss
or just plain exhausted
from stress and demands
we somehow
just
are
blank
appear unfeeling
are impatient
with everyone
and every thing
unable to sleep
let alone
sit with someone
who needs you
to really listen…
now,
throw in
two hurricanes
in one year
and whatever
that did to someones
job
home
or personal life
add to it
the death of a parent
child
or even beloved pet
not to mention
the social media wars
plastered all over your
devices screen
every
fucking
time
you
glance at it…
have you turned
on the television lately
and taken 10 minutes
to see how wounded
our world really is?
how many people are
suffering
from the loss of
a loved one who was
just murdered in a senseless crime?

life
can
be
overwhelming
and
we do all need a
group hug
regardless of
our political views
religious affiliation
sexual orientation
ethnicity
or income level…
some of us
need a long time out
some
a padded room
still others
a beach chair
on a deserted island…
for most of us
we need peace
sleep
comfort
love
home
acceptance
forgiveness
kindess
gratitude
silence…
every one of those
being
FREE

each day
as you rise
and welcome a
new day
another chance
a do-over
a mulligan
whatever you call it,
every day
i ask you to be patient
offer a listening ear
grab someone in a bear hug
buy the next person in lines coffee
open a door
offer a helping hand
take the time to
rub your dogs tummy
kiss your spouse
and hold your children
marvel at your grandchild’s
every move
cook a meal to nourish
the ones you love
slow down
look around
at all the small gifts-
air to breath
clean water to drink
running water to bathe in
fresh veggies
and fruit in our stores
to purchase
and munch on
clothes for our backs
soft sheets to fall in to
cars to drive
unlimited gas supply
waves to ride
beaches to walk…
the list goes on
and on…

we are all imperfect
all have flaws
in some way
all are broken…
some people
just can handle it better
have bigger shoulders
and can brush stuff off…
i am asking you all
to have empathy
compassion
understanding
that regardless
of what you
may think
about the person
who seems
absent,
share
with them
the gift of touch
a smile
a knowing glance…
just for once,
begin to rise up
each day
and repeat
over and over
the art
of
being
a
good
human…

 

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