On a hot 4th of July afternoon I was blessed with the opportunity to witness a dance of joy. My husband and I were lounging near the pool at the hotel where we spent the night.
Just as I settled into my chair I noticed a family in the shallow end of the pool. There were five children who couldn’t swim, a calm mother, and a very calm grandmother.
The children splashed and laughed as they took turns jumping from the side of the pool into the safe arms of the adults. Soon they were jumping out of turn shouting, “Watch me, watch me!”
The second thing I noticed is they were all “swimming” in their clothes. One little boy was wearing his shorts inside out, his pockets flapping in synch with the ongoing delight of the afternoon.
The third thing I noticed was they had no water toys. What they did have was deep appreciation and a family bond. As they continued to splash, jump, and squeal they felt safe in their small circle of love oblivious to anyone around them.
About an hour went by when another woman appeared. I heard her say, “I could have picked up some food if you would’ve called me.” No one seemed alarmed or bothered.
A few minutes later she came back with one large back of chips and some water. The children noticed the food but only one child yelled, “Chips!” as he hungrily leaped out of the pool, grabbed one chip and ate it slowly before submerging himself again.
Another thirty minutes passed before the grandfather arrived and joined party! Time stood still as I marveled at the lack of fighting and the beauty of it all. I was blessed to be a witness.
The entire scene was simplicity and happiness personified. It was like I caught a glimpse of what the future could be if we simplify our lives, focus on connection, and free ourselves from of the relentless desire for more.
I feel I witnessed the gift in our unemployment rate and the down turn of our economy. I saw what can happen if we are willing to live without "stuff" and share what we can share with others.
It’s difficult to believe, at times, that everything is working out perfectly for our good. Yet, I know it is.
I am grateful for the family, the light and laughter as they danced in a swimming pool with an abundance of grace and dignity.
Like the fireworks filled the sky, they displayed a vibration of love that enveloped the surrounding area.
I stood in it. I felt the bliss in it. I sent a silent blessing of appreciation.
Even now in our world of war, the oil spill, the economy…all is working out for our good!
We are creating a new and more loving world and I’m crazy about being a part of it.
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