Day 7 of Write31Days:
“Every human being is your counterpart. Every other human being passes and embodies aspects of yourself: your dreams, your sorrows, your hope that your life will not turn out to be a dirty joke. For each of us there was a time when the world was young, a springtime of spirit that was later tested by the winters of discontent; and in the midst of each of our lives lies the haunting shadow of death. Therefore we are indeed at the core we are all one, all lost-and-found in the same mysterious enterprise that is life. Hold this in your heart as you go about your day, and the world will cease to be inhabited by strangers, and the burden of life itself will no longer be a process of loneliness.” – Daphne Rose Kingma
I admit now, I love the movie P.S. I love you. I cry almost every time I watch it and possibly at a rather strange place in the film. It’s not any of the scenes with the ghost of Gerry comes along, but one extremely poignant moment when Kathy Bates’ character and Hillary Swanks’ are talking in the park after Hillary has come back from her trip to Ireland.
Her mom, Kathy, hands Hillary the last letter that her late husband has written. And then Kathy says, “So now, all alone or not, you gotta walk ahead. Thing to remember is if we’re all alone, then we’re all together in that too.” I love that line and it gets me every time.
All too often we can get stuck in the trap of believing we’re all alone in our suffering and pain and that’s the farthest thing from the truth. In reality, there are always people out there in similar situations and struggles. Those that know our sorrows and relish our dreams as we do. They are our mirrors, our co-captains in this journey of life.
That’s why reaching out when you’re hurting is the most compassionate way to treat yourself and others. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, then think of the others who are suffering as well. Strangers become your companions, cheerleaders and counsels. Leaning on others is not a sign of weakness. It’s a strength to turn to someone and say, “I’m hurting, and I need help.” And in the process you help them as well. We are all alone together.
Have you ever felt utterly alone in your struggles? Whom did you reach out to at the time?
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