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We are not criticizing you, friends, for way you often interact with each other, or fail to. In your hurried and harried lives, it often seems difficult to slow down and take time, as you say, to smell roses. Or to get to know a little bit about sisters and brothers, your fellow travellers, you meet on your daily journey through life.
So we do understand where you are in your lives.
But we also want to say it would behoove you to slow down a bit every now and then. Take some time to smell roses. Take some time to peek under masks of those folks you encounter every day.
You all wear masks. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
But your masks also keep you from truly connecting with each other, even with those loved ones you see every day, perhaps even those you live with.
It takes only a few moments to ask someone you encounter on your daily rounds, “How are you?” And really mean it -- not just as a hollow, empty greeting -- but as a genuine expression of concern for your fellow traveller.
Just be open to listen, really listen, for a few moments -- and to connect with one another. Or to re-connect.
It won’t take a lot of your time, and it will yield rich rewards.
After all, you are all connected anyway. You are all one, even though you live in illusion of separation.
So take time to lift veils of illusion, to look beneath masks. And to remember love that binds all of you together.
Then you’ll never find yourselves in Giovanni’s and Giuseppe’s predicament of having no idea who person before you is.
Copyright © 2005 by Great Western Publishing
Since 1992, John Cali has been communicating with a spirit called Joseph. In one of his many physical lifetimes, this spirit was incarnated as the legendary Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe in what is now Oregon.
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