Hey Friend, I see you!

11 07 2013

Twenty years ago I became a Seeker. I was about to graduate with a Social Work degree from The University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Looking back now, I see what a crazy group of Idealists, Activists, and Dreamers we all were. We each had the dream of how in our own ways we hoped to bring the world some degree of peace. Where did that come from? I guess as ‘children of Apartheid’ that legacy had shaped us. For the first time for many of us, we were shown in the most painful of ways how the effects of living an Us Them mentality had destroyed a country. Devastating, cruel and heartbreaking. I have so many memories of learning what it meant to be rich or poor, and not in the sense of how much money you had, but how strong your dreams were (like the friend who was the first Black woman in her family to go to university. She was in her forties). How much you believed in perseverance for justice and fairness (Another friend who was studying by candlelight in a township shack). How much respect you chose to give to every human being and how much loving kindness you found in your heart. This is what makes you rich!!! Today, I can hear that young idealistic me calling in my dreams. She still deeply wants to do something, anything, to make one person feel a little stronger, a little more loved, a little more seen or heard, to break through the Us Them shackles we all live with. Because at the end of the day, we all belong to each other. And once in a while we see each other’s Inner Light and we say, Hey Friend, I see you! I have to add that I was inspired to write this by a homeless man who looked me in the eyes and said “God Bless You”! No, My Friend, May God Bless YOU!

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