Unexpected friendships are supernatural forces.
Today, my friend Mark asked me to write something about all the political chaos in the world.
Two weeks ago, another friend, also named Mark, discussed with me our love, friendship, and serendipitous camaraderie. During that conversation I asked him to name two or three things he is great at. Caught off guard, we then had an important conversation about the question, and that I had asked it. He asked the same to me. I hope that those of you who are reading this ask yourselves and others.
One thing I'm good at is being a lover. Not in the simplistic term, but in the broad, humanitarian way. I love people deeply.
Politics are complex.
This is what I suggest we do.
Reach out to those you love. Grasp their hands. Build a support net that brings us close together. I'm not kidding. Tonight or tomorrow be sure to let others know that you care. You care about them, about our daily walks in life, about our harmony as we move forward in life. No walls, no discrimination, no violence. Just respect.
Drive with kindness. Buy someone a Klondike bar. Just be kind.
It starts with those things.
I met Mark, the first guy in this story, because he was going through a difficult time. I just sent a note on FB. And now we are soul mates.
I met the other guy, also named Mark, because we were shaving next to one another at the gym, and I said, "Hey,"I'm Ric."
That's how profound friendships start. Say, "Hi."
That's how easy compassion is. But it is spectacular. And terrifying. And wonderful.