Yesterday, I looked out the window, to see if it happened to be raining again.
A dozen or more geese suddenly flew by in formation overhead. They blocked out much of the window’s view, and were so close I felt I could have touched them. Their wings beat the air as they raced in complete union across the clouds, and then suddenly–they were gone. Without any warning, I had received a silent blessing.
In that moment–I was breathless. The suddenness of their silent power astonished me. I was frozen in awe, and tried to absorb as much from that moment as I could . When I finally turned away from the window, I considered how easily I could have missed it all.
So it is with many of the gifts we receive in our lifetime.
We are given many moments such as this during our lives together. They’re just as random and swift as those flying geese were, but they give immense meaning to our daily struggle.
As our world becomes more divisive, people are losing the opportunity to appreciate these precious moments. People are regularly walking around with ear buds in their head, listening to something only they can hear. They are sitting at tables of food with others, but choose to stare at the tiny telephone they are holding, instead of engaging with the living souls sitting beside them. Parents are planting their children in front of consoles, and then walking away to look at an electronic screen of their own. People are posing for photos that show they are having a fabulous time, and then they are walking away, wondering what to do next, because their upload is complete.
Tragedy. It’s all a tragedy.
Around us is a glorious world.
Our world is filled with breezes, noises and smells having nothing to do what man has created. Next to you are living people, filled with emotions, thoughts and experiences to share. They may be strangers, or family members you know almost as well as you know yourself. Their identity isn’t what matters, this is: every single one of us is here for a set period of time on this beautiful planet. Then we are gone, just as swiftly as those birds from my window yesterday.
I don’t know what happens then Friend, once we die. I just know what happens now.
As we speak, your child is changing invisibly before you, on his race to adulthood. This second, your beloved is silently aging beside you, perhaps needing encouragement that all will be well, despite the changes they recognize. This very minute, you have a chance to embrace the people you love, and let them know their existence has shaped you in some positive way. Right now, you are being given the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another, by sharing kindness and optimism
Please don’t wait to let people know how much they mean to you.
This glorious, battered, beautiful world is still a place of joy and passion.
Despite the fears of today, and the worries of tomorrow, so many extraordinary things remain in our world, battling to be revealed.
Look for this hidden beauty Friend, with everything you have. Make each day you’re given one of curiosity and interest. Choose, each day, to be kind to those you come across. Pause, and refuse to be distracted by the deadlines, alarms and restrictions of the world. Instead, allow yourself to be available to the silent magic that comes simply by being human.
No matter who you are, reading this, I wish you a day of peace, and of beauty.
I hope that at some point today, you are also startled by the silent magnificence that comes from being alive. My wish is that during this instant you will pause, and simply say ‘thank you’ to whomever or whatever you choose. I hope you are silently changed, and will go forth with a slightly altered viewpoint towards the many people in this beautiful world, and the gifts that each one of them provides.
Gentleness is my gift to you, on this day, my Friend.
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**Chanler Jeffers is a woman who has seen many extraordinary things over her lifetime. An adventurer, survivor, overachiever and advocate of kindness in all instances, she has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and is a member of their Circle of Champions. She has had the good fortune to live and travel all over the world, grew up as a military dependent, was a single parent for many years, has survived cancer and gently shaped countless people over her years on this little planet we call home. Follow along as she shares her knowledge, her experience and her love. Oh, by the way–one more thing. She’s married to a Bass playing rock star, lucky girl.