All things exist independently, yet interdependently.
Time: while the present exists in the here and the now, we can’t dismiss the shaping forces of our past, the consequences in our tomorrows.
Words: while letters are strung together to form words and sentences, they really come to life when we engage in the ideas and concepts conveyed.
Relationships: while two people in a marriage exist as two distinct individuals, these two people will also become one.
Learning about independence and interdependence teaches me a few things:
While I have the freedom to pursue happiness and self-fulfillment, I am at the same time very much a part of our larger world. I must not complain nor point a finger at imperfections, nor take for granted the blessings given me, I must not stop remembering, remembering that I am part of the fabric of this society, its struggles and triumphs.
I remember my brief sojourn in New York City.
I saw a trembling, lonely, disheveled old lady at Elmhurst Park.
I know we are not in the least bit related.
But then again we are.
I gathered up my courage.
I decided not to fear or run away, not to judge or to blame.
I gently walked over, and offered her my bread.
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