22-332 We

Today’s Mandala
We

“We need Joy as we need air.
We need Love as we need water.
We need each other
as we need the earth we share.”

— Maya Angelou

“When we seek for connection,
we restore the world to wholeness.
Our seemingly separate lives
become meaningful as we discover
how truly necessary we are
to each other.”

— Margaret J. Wheatley

“Life doesn’t make any sense
without interdependence.
We need each other,
and the sooner we learn that,
the better for us all.”

— Erik Erikson

Today’s MotD reminds us that we are are all in this (living on this planet) together. As the human race, we come in all shapes, sizes, colors, abilities, languages, cultures, backgrounds, etc. We forget that at our core, we’re all the same while at the same time, we’re all experiencing a variety of complexities that may or may not match what others are experiencing. Let’s face it, we are co-existing on a complicated mosaic of a playing field where the rules (human-based) can change drastically, some by simply crossing a human-made line (border).

Our challenge becomes remembering our we-ness. It’s easy to forget this when we’re deep in our individual I-ness (just trying to take care of ourselves and our loved ones alone can be all-consuming at times). We also tend to forget that we’re not alone. Chances are other people are having similar experiences that if we connected with them we’d realize that we can help each other, support each other, and lessen the burdens.

Another way we forget our we-ness is when we separate ourselves because of our differences. We’ve created this “us vs them” or “you’re either with us or against us” mentality making it even more challenging for all of us to be a “we”.

This quote from Maya Angelou sums up best the message of today’s MotD:

Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.

— Maya Angelou

Blessings,

Maureen
The Mandala Lady

btw…started with this and a shimmer view:

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