The question that was posed this Wednesday evening as the mic passed through the community at the Mehta house, was how is your life plan from age 20 progressing for you from then to the present day? In other words is your life as you planned?
Interestingly from the youngest to the oldest among those that chose to reflect in this manner on Niccole Grassete's writing, the resounding answer was no and even more that it didn't matter that the plan was not met!
The reality is that life is a working plan!
The recurring message, attitude and desired behavior of so many in our community is to live in the moment, to be present in this moment with who you are with and with what you are doing. As the mic continued to move around the room this evening, most shared they liked the idea of some sort of plan something forward thinking, though they desired to not be chained to the "plan" but rather to be accepting of the changes that might occur with the “plan“.
There were a number of our community returning, those that had been unable to attend for weeks or even months, Susan from England joined too, having been wanting to attend a Wednesday evening for so very long and finally being able to!
As these several weeks and many weekly reflections have passed behind us, this week's lesson was equally as poignant as so many before, though perhaps this week for many, acceptance that life is truly every changing and that it's alright to go with the flow and still have a plan a road map of sorts, well it seemed a healthy recognition for us.
Several other thoughts came up as well, such as Rumi's poetic thought, "May the beauty we love be what we do." Is it like Rumi writes or like Cheryl Crow sings, “It's not having what you want, It's wanting what you've got.”
The consensus for sure was that small acts of love and kindness were just as important as the larger acts such as eradicating polio in a portion of the world! That each of us, in our small acts of kindness ,can change the world, our little worlds, and have an impact on those we love and the stranger we pass on the street with a kind gesture, word, and even with the sweetest smile. \:-D