"Everyone has lost, or will lose, someone they love. The sense of solidarity which comes with the recognition of this fact is powerful. The fine gifts of understanding, empathy and love are rich rewards for the sufferings of grief.
"No matter the color of our skin, the country of our birth, we are all
one humanity. For that, I am deeply grateful." Taken from a funeral home pamphlet.
The media is satiated with stories of all that separate us. Whether it be wealth or poverty, black or white, Muslim or Christian, Democrat or Republican, or whatever, the focus is on our differences.
The above quote reminded me that loss is a common denominator. We have all lost or will lose someone whom we love. Our grief is the price for loving. It is a high price, sometimes, we believe, too high, but we can gather strength from those who have experienced similar feelings. And, in doing so, our differences melt away.
Joy for today: finding what brings us together (rather than what divides us).