Let me remember that each life must follow its own course, and that what happens to other people has absolutely nothing to do with what happens to me. – Marjorie Holmes
God has Created each of His children as individuals. To each of us He has given different personalities, different physical characteristics and different thoughts. Even identical twins will always be different, if only in subtle ways. The world may seem them as the same, but they are different. It is simply unfathomable that the billions of people who have lived and died and will live and die are and will be separate individuals. Only God could accomplish something so, well, there is no adjective that adequately describes the enormity of this Truth.
And yet, as each of us lives a separate life, somehow we are and are not entwined. I agree with Marjorie Holmes when she says what happens to other people has nothing to do with me. But I also must disagree as well.
Every decision someone else makes is their own choice. Ultimately, I have no influence over it. I can try, persuade, bully, plead, and whine to make someone else do what I want them to do. But, the final decision is always theirs. And, someone else can ask me to do something, they can threaten me, beat me, scream at me, even threaten someone I love – but in the end the decision is mine to make.
The journey I am on is separate from another’s journey. The choices I make on my journey don’t affect another’s. Or do they? Another author I enjoy reading, Marianne Williamson, believes that what we do as individuals has profound implications on the world at large. I believe this as well. Every choice I make in my day ripples out into my pond, which then has a subtle influence on other ponds and ultimately and eventually to the great ocean of life.
So when is our journey separate and when is it entwined? I wonder if our lives are more interconnected than I previously thought? When I first started this journey of daily musings I believe wholeheartedly in the quote by Mrs. Holmes. But now, eight months on, I am thinking we are not as separated and as individual as I previously believed.
Yes, we are separate people with completely different personalities and lives both temporal and eternal. But are we connected to one another in ways we can’t even begin to imagine? I imagine we are connected to each other because we are all Children of God, regardless of color, gender, religion, or family. We are connected to each other through Spirit. But is there more? What other ways are we connected to each other?
For certain we aren’t like Star Trek, The Next Generations’ Borg species. We aren’t separate bodies with a single-focus mind. But in some spiritual ways aren’t we? When people, especially religious people, come together to worship, aren’t we all there to focus on God? We probably aren’t all that successful, but we try.
Hmmm, this is a conundrum for me, being separate yet together. This spiritual truth is something I will be mulling over for a while. Perhaps it will be another one of those unanswerable questions. But I do think I have more to learn from the subject before I shelve it until Eternity.