In Colorado, we've had a lot of experience this past week of the transition season between Winter and Spring. During the same period - on Saturday - my Alaskan brother-in-law made the transition from this life to the next. As you might imagine, I've been thinking a lot about Chip, and the many positive qualities with which he enriched my life. Although our theologies were quite different - and often seemed at odds with each other - we both had an intense love for the personal Source out of which all things come and to which they all return.
When someone we know passes on to the Next Dimension, we naturally focus on their positive qualities and the wonderful things they contributed to our lives. In the process, we rightly minimize the difficult aspects of the relationship. I wonder - why do we so often wait 'til someone dies to focus on the positive dimension? Why don't we act similarly with one another WHILE WE ARE STILL ALIVE? After all, isn't that why we have been placed here in this life - to uncover the Sacred in the depths of one another, highlight It, and then woo It into expressing Itself ever more vibrantly?
I ask this day that we would not take each other for granted, but that we might seek always to draw out the very best in one another!
Photos: Springtime in the Rockies! Various scenes near my home in Larimer County, CO, April 14-18, 2016
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.