Standing in line at a register, along with a few others, a woman at the register, looking dishelved and visibily upset was paying for a simple dress with quarters, dimes, and nickels. The woman in front of me talking on her iPhone was loudly stating her discontent at the woman paying with quarters, dimes, and nickels. The women behind me speaking to another woman about the state of life when someone has to pay with quarters, dimes, and nickels. The cashier, the sweet soul that she was, quietly reassured the woman paying with quarters, dimes, and nickels to take her time, she was fine.
When the woman with quarters, dimes, and nickels came up short, the iPhone woman let out a disgusted noise. Quietly moving around her to hand the cashier the few dollars the woman with quarters, dimes, and nickels was short, the eyes of the soul revealed the mixture of gratitude and something more from the woman with quarters, dimes, and nickels.
When we will all begin to realize that we are all equal souls? Whether we live in a double wide, on the street, or in the mansion overlooking the bay, we are all equal souls. Whether we are female or male, gay or straight, Baptist, Muslim or walk the Red Road, we are all equal souls. We each may have different experiences as human beings, but within we are all equal souls. When will we begin to realize this and experience it in the world around us?
Pulling out of the parking lot seeing the woman with quarters, dimes and nickels walking down the main road, pausing to roll the window down in my air conditioned car to ask "Do you need a ride honey?" I listened as the soul revealed the experience. We stopped at McDonald's so the woman with quarters, dimes, and nickels could put the simple dress on, I grabbed something light for her to eat and off to Dade City we went. When we arrived at her destination, I gave her a hug and my card knowing my soul had been touched by an angel.
You see this woman with quarters, dimes, and nickels was going to walk the ten miles in her new dress to attend the funeral of a friend who lived on the streets with her because she had spent all her quarters, dimes and nickels on the dress and had no money for the bus. She didn't want her friend to be there alone. An angelic soul among us with an experience to share with me.
We all have different experiences. We all have experiences of joy and grief, of fear and love, of anger and peace. We all have experiences in life and they are vastly different from one another, but we are all the same within. Her strength of love, her strength of determination to her goal of not allowing a friend to be alone even in death, are powerful experiences and examples to all of us.
We all have our strengths and we all have our weaknesses. We all have our external experiences, but the internal experiences are what makes our external either an example to follow or not. When we come to realize that we are all the same in our souls and what we do, how we react, is what truly defines us, we will begin to experience in the external the beauty in the world. Do I want to be disgruntled and judgemental like the woman in front of me? Do I want judge and pity like the women behind me who stand by and watch but never take action to change? Or do I want to be an angelic soul with love and strengths beyond the measure of quarters, dimes, and nickels?
When we realize that one day we will have a weakness in life that another's strength can support us with, when we realize that at the soul level we are equal, and when we can realize that our external experiences and differences do not have to define us, it is then we will begin to have peace and harmony in the world rather than judgement and pity.
This is why I want to be just like the woman with quarters, dimes, and nickels . . . an angelic soul of strength and love even in grief and homelessness.