The Christmas season has always had a tendency to evoke deep thoughts about life within all of us. Not just the meaning of life, but more about our purpose in life as we know it in the form.
I believe this comes about because of the generosity of those we find in our circle of life.
I was chatting with some friends on a recent weekend when one of them talked about how alone he felt when his circle of friends was absent for extended periods of time.
At first my thoughts fell on the details about why the friends were absent and how it affected him, which is what most everyone there focused on. The discussion, although very insightful and moving, never really congealed or connected in my spirit. There was nothing bad or negative about it; I just felt like there was a deeper issue to be seen that I was not seeing.
I didn’t really think anything else about it until two mornings later. Mornings seem to be a time rich with anticipation, hope and a chance at new beginnings; and to think, we have one every day! What a beautiful time of the day.
Anyway, I had just finished what I like to call my morning musing time or quiet time. This is a time where I still myself, my mind and spirit to allow what I call the peace of the universe to engulf my entire being. I was struck by what seemed to me to be an obvious disconnect in what my friend was describing and what the Western world calls the “Circle of Life.”
It is described by most as a vicious circle, one of kill before being killed, or someone has to be the predator and someone has to be the victim. Survival of the fittest. In fact, it is even taught to our children in movies and stories in a way that makes it seem very natural and acceptable.
THE MESSAGE IS that in life they must be the predator and not the victim. They must kill before being killed.
Now let’s think a bit about my friend’s experience and the Christmas season experience. The similarities I see is that they both are about giving, becoming one with, embracing, loving, grace and giving thanks. It’s a celebration of the human spirit in its original and basic form: love.
One circle is based on consumption, taking, fear and self-preservation at all costs – even if it costs another life.
The other circle is based in love, giving, melting into those who are in your circle – becoming one with the circle. And by doing so, the circle becomes more complete and whole, or one. The circle is being added to, not taken away from. The circle is not a place of victimhood, rather a place of wholeness.
So, two views of the circles of life. One is based in consumption, and the other is based in giving. One is based in fear, the other based in love. One is based in isolation and fragmentation, the other in wholeness and completeness.
May you make your circle of life, in every season of your life, one of love, giving, thankfulness and wholeness. May you melt into your circle, and by doing so, aid those you find there in reaching their higher purpose – their divine plan upon this planet.
Peace on earth begins with placing love within your circle of life.
(The writer lives in Evans.)