Late last night when I took Max out for his final pee of the day, I was struck by the beauty of the night sky. I wondered how anyone could believe that all life, us, the world, our galaxy, the universe, was not fashioned by some magnificent being, an energy, a creative force. And, no matter what we humans do to each other and our planet, the Creator must be a force of good because only goodness can radiate such beauty in the face of humanity’s destructive, ego-centric actions. As I have aged, I see beauty everywhere: the sky, a tree, a leaf, a dragonfly or a rock, birds and other critters. Beauty is everywhere because it is the essence of life on Earth.
And children, even in these apartments where their lives are full of stress, I hear their laughter and their learning the fine art of negotiation. Boys will be boys and say things like, “My light saber has more power than yours,” and, “It does not! I challenge you to a swordfight!” I watch their plastic-sword fights out the glass doors, which are usually quite short because something else soon catches their attention. I see and pass by girls with their heads together, “I can’t believe she talked to him!” plotting some sort of payback. The younger ones say hi to Max or me and sometimes come along for part of our walk. They tell me about themselves, what’s on their minds and I try to offer a kind word or two. Our own beauty is in learning who we are and why we are here. Our inner beauty is always present, waiting only for us to knock on its door.
I thought about our Creator (Him/ Her/ Spirit/ Light Within) as I looked at the sky last night and wondered how He/She feels when our hearts swell with love for Him/Her. Having endlessly broadcasted Love in our direction, it has got to be pretty wonderful when it is finally returned. There really are only two ways to live, two worlds, and we get to choose: See the beauty and feel the Love, or separate and feel the pain and struggle. We, on this planet, are the sheep who got lost and who the Master comes after so that not even one beloved lamb is lost.