Saturday, February 12, 2011
“You have not lived a perfect day...unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” Ruth Smeltzer
Those have always been nice words to me. Maybe more, maybe a goal to shoot for, a high ideal to live by. Sort of makes you feel a bit warm and toasty, especially on a cold February evening. I learned yesterday it. I watched someone come to the realization that they are loved and lovable despite the curse you and I call humanity. They discovered that within their weaknesses, frailties and inability to cope with life there was a wonderful and precious human being beneath all the self-doubt and they could use all those frailties to their advantage.
Sometimes the very best thing you can do for someone who is struggling or who has lost hope is to simply be a friend; to nod your head, to say “I understand.” You encourage, you pray but mostly you sit back and you wait for that one miracle moment to occur.
I saw it on their face and in their eyes. I saw the joy as it danced all around them, punctuated by a huge grin and a bit of a well-deserved swagger. Like a new born colt, legs still a bit wobbly they examined this new found inspiration inside of themselves.
I cried a bit. I cried because yesterday I had a perfect day. I have been blessed by greatness in my life. I have been loved and have loved deeply. Yet for one minute, to see my friend smile and their voice quiver just a bit in the precious realization that after so many years of being told otherwise, after being mocked and made fun of because of their size and their weight, the knowledge that they were created beautiful, precious and perfect enlightened and strengthened them.
I cried because for the first time in my life I understood what perfection REALLY was. It’s not a standard, a goal or a journey. It is a feeling of bliss, the feeling you get when you watch someone become aware of the power and love within them.
So I had my perfect day. I wish there was some sort of cosmic scrap book to store it in.
On my morning meditation walk it resounded inside of me, “Live for the sake of living. Give for the sake of giving and love for the sake of loving.”
A most perfect day