The first one was attending a memorial service for a young person who died much too early in his life. My heart was (and still is) moved by the genuine caring and kindness many people showed the grieving family. We couldn’t change their loss, but we could and did give them our presence, and tender, kind words, hugs, handshakes, and touches on the arm. We reached out to them the best way we knew—we were there for them. The service gave all of us safe and caring time and place to just be in the loss.
A gift we can give the family is to also be there for them as they continue to grieve and come to some form of acceptance of the unacceptable. I often think that is why people are here in this earthly realm—to be there for each other. And sometimes I wonder why it takes us so long to realize all of us have the special ability to do that for each other. Everyone experiences loss in life and it is so much more bearable when we respond to it with our presence.
The second moving experience was participating in a fundraising event for a very worthy group of young people. I was happy to have them wash my very-recently-washed car so I could give them a donation. It was delightfully moving to see them energetically and enthusiastically working with sponges and sudsy water to make my clean car even cleaner. It truly uplifted me. Please share an experience that moved you and your heart.