Today I learned about the global scientific effort to create a database of “DNA barcoding” for all species.
Today I meditated for 20 minutes on the theme of compassion.
Today I acted kindly by posting more signs for the girl from Day 66 (because my previous note was gone the next morning), encouraging her—or anyone who feels what she expressed—to call me. Whether or not she or anyone calls, I think that the lesson I have learned from her words is to abandon our acculturated comfort-zones or social-barriers by acknowledging and being kind to everyone, including strangers. Our best friends were once strangers. It is a sad irony that we have the means to be more connected with each other than at any other time in the history of humanity, yet that girl (and surely others) feels like no one looks at her or talks to her. So, I’m setting the intention to be more mindful of the people around me, to look strangers in the face, and to reach out if what I perceive there is loneliness.
“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”