Here’s a true clue as to when we experience a genuine moment of connection with something other than ourselves during the course of what we consider to be an ‘uneventful’ day…

It’s when we smile involuntarily at someone, something, some realization, some emotion or memory of one…that’s when life instantly feels worth it all…

An involuntary smile is an authentic spiritual reflexive response that our bodies have when our spirit is touched, when in a moment—within a moment—

we sense a deep connection with something within us and, yet, beyond us—

and within that moment, ever so brief, 

in that flickerest of upturned, cornered lippage—

is also an instant of grateful belonging…which is what we smile about…without thinking…

…that there is beauty, tenderness, and goodness in this everyday world…

and there’s a dignity and decency within us all. 

I believe in each and every one of us.

We might, however, have to consider (given the current global and national circumstances) that if we, ourselves, are not acting on our fundamental goodness, as if we really believed in ourselves, guided by common decency and equal dignity, then…perhaps…

we do not believe in them at all for ourselves anymore…our own decency, honesty, sincerity, and goodness…

and that’s what makes it impossible to trust anyone else either.

It’s obvious who this shoe fits—no matter whose foot they keep trying so desperately to put it on—other than their own.

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