“On this earth we are connected one to another....to another....to another....to another...to another....to another....to another...such that whatever happens to one of happens to all of us.” --Anna Grossnickle Hines from her book, "Peaceful Pieces"
This is a poem called "Dominoes" that my younger son's class read last week on Friday for "Poetry Aloud." They read it together as a class, one child starting and each child in turn saying "to another," "to another," "to another..."
As I listened, the poem came alive for me. The idea of the poem came alive for me. I saw once again that we are all connected, we are all One and that whatever happens for one of us happens to all of us.
Did you notice the Freudian slip there? I wrote, "whatever happens for one of us happens to all of us," when what I meant to write was, "whatever happens to one of us happens to all of us." But both are equally true aren't they?
When I say, "whatever happens to one of us happens to all of us," I immediately think of war, famine, poverty and abuse. When I say, "whatever happens for one of us happens to all of us," I think of love, kindness, beauty and chocolate.
One of the main tenants I guess you could say of New Age thinking is that we should celebrate success, abundance and blessings wherever they appear.
This is one of the hardest practices for me, having grown up in a two sibling family there was always this idea that my gain was my sister's loss and vice versa ,at least for me. I see this kind of thinking in my older son as well (maybe it's just us first borns....), but this thinking limits us, shrinks us, turns us into Grinches and misers.
This poem is a great reminder that whatever happens to one of us or for one of us, happens to all of us and ought to be welcomed, rejoiced, mourned or celebrated by ALL. That is the Oneness that leads to Peace. Inside and out. May you feel that peace today.