Cadi, my calico cat, is lying beside a small lamb that I bought in Ireland during a pilgrimage. Seeing it in a village store I fell in love with its simplicity and message tag, "Love". As I captured the photo above (just missing one where she leaned on the lamb's head), I idly wondered what was going through her feline mind. The Latin origin of "feline" is: happy, lucky, fortunate. Cadi is Gaelic for simple happiness. With just three legs, lucky and fortunate are fitting, though she is a whirlwind of motion if something catches her attention outside her window.
Observing Cadi beside her companion, my thoughts drifted back to the pilgrimage and a young person who inspired me as we stood chatting on a street corner near Galway, waiting to re-board our bus. She believed that we are all a piece of a beautiful mosaic, and without each one of us the mosaic would not be complete. This was our first close encounter on the trip but I will never forget my insightful 'teacher', perhaps 40 or 50 years younger than me, who wore long gypsy skirts and had hair streaked with a multitude of bright colours. We might have looked like a motley duo on that street corner, but I will always be grateful I heeded my inner voice and introduced myself.
"Every man (woman) I meet is in some way my superior; and in that, I can learn from him."
R.W. Emerson: Young Emerson Speaks
I have had a continuing love of inspirational quotations, and the one above by Emerson is the first that spoke to me in my teens. If you are standing in a queue at a store or bus stop, or at a public venue, consider chatting to the person beside you. That person, younger or older, may be YOUR superior and greatest teacher, or you theirs. I once asked a young teenager waiting for his girlfriend in a store for his opinion on a jacket I was considering purchasing; his reply was informative and positive. When his friend returned we had a warm three-way conversation where I learned he was studying fashion design. In that moment we were each a piece of a colourful mosaic ... and so are YOU!
Until next time ... A multitude of rich blessings to you!
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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