Lesson 4 of A Year of Writing to Uncover the Authentic Self course with Rachel Astor via DailyOM on the topic of “Contribution” ponders “so often we can feel overwhelmed in the face of all the problems in today’s world. One minute with the news or on social media can be disheartening, seeming like it’s impossible for you, as just one person, to make a difference. But oftentimes that feeling is because we want to start too big. We try to imagine ways to “fix” the entire problem instead of first looking for ways we can do small things, and perhaps already do in our everyday lives. Perhaps without even knowing it, we have all already contributed throughout our entire lives”.
While I was musing, a near-encounter with a raindrop-sparkling spiderweb suffused my thoughts with words that formed a haiku…
Filaments string together
Coming back to it later I thought oh, I must have confused contribution and connection. But no, it was a Freudian slip clarified by a couple of Deepak Chopra quotes I found while searching for inspiration… “Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution” and “Our consciousness is our contribution to reality. What we perceive as real, becomes real”.
Sometime back in the late 1980’s… during my early –unsettled– twenties, I became aware for the first time -consciously at least- of the presence of Grace in my life. “You are enough, all is as it’s meant to be” was the quiet message, and my soul remembered.
The first breath we take signals the beginning of our soul-human contract whereby we become part of life’s intertwined labyrinth of contribution… beginning with the role of child to our parents.
Is it my place to extol the contribution I’ve made to others?
I doubt the young man who contributed a moment of kind smiling eye contact to a stranger as we crossed paths on a street more than thirty years ago has given it a second thought. For me, it was happenchance that left an indelible mark, and gave me the confidence to resist making a pressured choice I would’ve regretted. Or, maybe he has never ceased to wonder why the woman he passed looked so sad.
“So you never know who you touch. You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how your example can be to someone else” ¬ Denzel Washington, A Hand to Guide Me
This story was bought to you by the letter R. For #dancingintheRain. In the form of “A trough off the New South Wales coast is generating widespread and persistent rain in the region.” ~ Bureau of Meteorology, which is causing widespread flooding. We’re inundated but -at least- elevated… no risk of our house flooding and we’ve enough supplies to get us through as we’ll be in situ for a while yet while this weather system plays out… local roads under water and rivers over bridges.