I went on a business trip this weekend. I flew from Florida to Texas and finally to Arizona. It seemed to take forever and the first leg of the flight was great. The second one…not so great. It was a terribly hard landing and then we crashed into the gate!! It makes you wonder exactly who is sitting up there in the pilot’s seat.
I had the strangest thing happen, and it happened the entire trip. At least fifty percent of the people I came in contact with, from ticket agents to flight attendants to fellow passengers, appeared to be people I knew.
I mean I looked at them and I tried to remember their name. Everything about them was familiar. I really felt a connection, and believed that I had at some time in the past had a relationship with each and every one of them.
It felt a little scary at first because I could almost have believed that I did know them all and had forgotten their names. It was like a science fiction movie where suddenly I knew everyone but no one knew me.
I became more comfortable on the second day. If I saw a man with a round face and kind eyes who looked like I knew him, I would smile at him with a question in my eye, “Do you know me?”
To the lady in the green sweater and a coffee stain on her pants, “Have we met before?”
I tried really hard to be aware of every person I felt connected to. I looked for clues to see if they felt the same.
Then I thought that maybe I really do know them all. Maybe, just maybe, they were people who were on the same path that I am on. Maybe they were my fellow passengers. It made me want to call a meeting, say the secret word to get their attention and let them know that I was there and I was ready to communicate!
In the middle of an expo center surrounded by jewels and hundreds of people, I had an epiphany. I knew deep in my soul at that very moment that I DID know all those people. I also knew all the others.
I knew them all because they are a part of me and I am a part of them. We are connected by a life force that allows our energy to flow through one another, and my fellow passengers, while distinctly physically different, couldn’t be more like me.
This experience has caused me to view every individual I meet with eyes of love for our oneness. We are energy and that energy performs a beautiful dance that includes every person on this planet. I will honor us all and marvel at the creation of life. I will offer compassion and love and assistance in the same way that I would wish it to be offered to me.
I will find something in everyone, and then I will find it in me…because we are all connected…all one.