I have seen the quote from Yogi Bhajan “If you do not see God in all. You do not see God at all.” But I have never had the experience in a way that felt obvious. I think when you are away from home your eyes are open in a way that aren’t normally.
Maybe that’s why I was able to see my experience yesterday with fresh eyes or to see it at all.
John and I were getting lunch and parking was at a premium so I jumped out to go in to pick up some food for our trip to Mount Mitchell. It took a while to get my order and when I came out I stood on the corner by the restaurant for several minutes thinking that John would be coming by.
After a bit, it became clear we were having a communication breakdown. But after a few hours of reflection I think it may have just been that I was getting communication from another source.
While standing waiting for John a homeless man asked me for money. I didn’t have any cash on me and I told him no. He was persistent and asked me if he could have some food. Well there I was with my arms full of food. So I said yes. I opened up the pizza box and gave him a slice of pizza.
He smiled, thanked me and went on his way. I smiled back and thought, “hmmm I wonder what John will say when he’s a slice short of a full pizza?”
Not long after John and I reconnected and I was apologetic about getting our wires crossed. We had gotten a late start and we had a lot we wanted to see. But while we were driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway it occurred to me that the day worked out just as it was supposed to.
This may have been the only food this man would eat all day. That made me sad to think about but also glad that I was able to be at the right place at the right time.
It also made me think about how I go on and on about helping others, being of service but, if I had refused this man, I really am all talk. The more skeptical might say that this man was lying and wasn’t homeless and just scored a free slice of pizza. That may be but I would really only consider myself poorer if I had said no.
That’s when I thought of Yogi Bhajan. It was an intervention of sorts that I was able to show up with my best and see it as well.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G