Yesterday, I was featured on the local news because of what I guess you would call a good Samaritan act. I must admit that I have enjoyed the response because it just feels good to be recognized for something positive. My original intention had nothing to do with the media. I was just a woman out with her kids one day looking to fulfill a promise that I made to myself and to the Universe.
I have transparently blogged about my recent challenges due to a job loss. I learned so much during that time through meditation and spiritual connection. I made a new covenant with the consciousness of money and wealth. I realized that I needed to be more respectful and creative with my money, so prior to getting my first check from my new job, I set aside a pre-determined percentage of my income to charity. The first time that I got paid from my new job, I knew that it was now or never; I had to do everything within my power to stick to the plan. I can’t say that everything went exactly as planned in all of the other areas of my financial plan, but I stuck to my charity percentage.
It so happened that a crisis arose in my city that tugged very hard on my heartstrings right around my first payday. Two men died in an apartment complex due to a gas leak, and all of the other residents had to be evacuated to nearby hotels. The complex was condemned, so now all of those displaced residents were stuck in hotels indefinitely and without most of their personal belongings. The whole scene took me back to when I lived in low-income housing. I thought about how a setback such as this one would have devastated me financially as a young single mother and I just wanted to find a way to help.
The kids and I made care packages and dropped them off at a local café. We then went to the community center near the apartment complex to see if there was anything that we could do to help. It just so happened that a news reporter pulled up when we did; she thought the fact that I was looking for a single parent household to sponsor was special and wanted to do a story.
I really did not think that I was doing anything extra special, but I was happy to cooperate. I thought at the very least, the story might inspire other people to help other families within this community in crisis. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Sponsoring this family has given me a new definition of Community.
Community is Expanded Consciousness
We are all a part of one enormous brain, but sometimes we only focus on the part that effects our personal physical comfort. This can unfortunately leave us confined to one way of living and thinking. We are lulled into thinking that reading about something or watching something on television is equivalent to actually experiencing that thing. This experience has allowed me to look at reality from the perspective of another segment of the enormous brain that we all share. I can see and feel how I am connected to people that I never even knew existed. Connecting to others on a face-to-face and feet to pavement level is something that seems to be missing in our society at times. It is easier to hide behind electronics or to let a “thumbs-up” button replace our true acts of humanity. I too am guilty of these watered-down virtual interactions. This opportunity is (for me) an important step into re-engaging with the human experience.
Community is Elevation
I grappled with my original intention throughout the days that I was aware I would be featured on the news. I looked for signs of an inflated ego every chance that I got. I know from experience that there is a very fine line between being authentic and being a show-off…and I measure that line by checking in with my intention. It occurred to me that even having the presence of mind to check in with my intention was a clear sign of spiritual elevation. I came to the conclusion that it was okay for me to take a pinch of excitement with me on the journey to helping others. The Universe wants us to feel happy and excited when we do something with a loving intention, so I took that moment of happiness and excitement and bathed myself in it. We were all excited and thankful for each other, that we had helped one another get to the next level of our individual journeys. Community allows you to elevate to a higher quality version of yourself, which by the way feels amazing.
Community is Transformation
Because of this opportunity, I have taken another step towards transforming into a better version of myself. When I promised this family that I would do all that I could to help them transition, I worked a little harder, I reached out a little further and loved a little deeper and gave a little more. Everyone who is involved in this interaction has transformed in some way…all of it (that I have seen) has been positive. We have all given each other the opportunity to transform and to be a part of something greater than ourselves. We are all on the same team playing our positions to the best of our abilities and it is transforming realities. We will be different people this time next year; maybe this experience will be a distant memory but the imprint that it has made on our character will not be forgotten.
I am grateful that something changed within me during my spiritual journey. My gratitude changed from putting words on paper into putting words into action. This was one of those times. I was not out to save the world last Saturday, I just wanted to live out my gratitude as I had promised the Universe. I wanted to do something with the feeling of despair that I felt around the tragedy that happened at this apartment complex. I wanted to transform my despair into something positive by putting my gratitude into action. The thing about gratitude is this: the more you pay it, the more it pays you. The gratitude that I feel has become a consciousness. It is a constant sense of calm and of fullness. It is life. I am grateful.
To everyone that has called, texted, donated, prayed, offered help, I send you love and light. Thank you. To the young lady who has given me the honor of being a part of her family for the next few months, I send you love and light. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I do believe that you are helping me even more than I am helping you. We are in this together. We are all connected. Namaste.