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There are countless qualities that we seek to master through our experiences during the course of our lives – patience, endurance, joy, truth, wisdom, dignity – you know each of them intimately. These lessons step forward humbly, disguising themselves as poverty, heartbreak, skin color, illness, political affiliation, disability, and as every other possible aspect of a person’s circumstances.

The disguises, the costumes, are the very things we tend to believe define who someone is. We judge. We criticize. We sort into “us” and “them”.

Every person that you encounter over the course of a lifetime is working with his or her lessons, reaching toward the light the best way they can.

And you? No matter what you are struggling with, no matter what your particular theme is or how it is playing out in your life, remember that all of us are walking the same road.

Ultimately, we undertake our lives and endure the unendurable, not so that we can be wealthy and famous and carefree, but so that through our experiences we may broaden and deepen our eternal understanding of love, and of the human, active, manifestation of love, which is compassion for each other, and for all beings.

This great Love is not something that only flows from us to others. It flows through us. It is, in fact, who and what we are. No one is excluded, not even you. Don’t be deceived.

Photo Credit Zen Doe, 2013