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Borders, People, and a Spirit of Connection

Inspired to respond to a Facebook posting.

Inspired to respond to a Facebook posting.

People in my different circles of connection are often coming from really different places. The holistic healers are generally different than my Catholic Church community. My longevity enthusiasts buddies are different than my neighbors. And my business networking friends are quite different than my family members.

But one of my roles, a significant part of my Purpose, actually, is to be a bridge, if not always directly between people, then at least between the spirit and lessons of the different people, so an indirect bridge, experientially.

So take a look at the “photo” blog above, which happened as I responded to a Facebook friend who feels adamantly opposed to undocumented immigration to the U.S. You don’t need to see the vehement rhetoric that prompted my response, as it was nothing new or especially interesting. Same old angry, one-sided, anti-immigrant views. But when such views are shared in the context of people who care about health and wellness, it is a little jarring to me.

If we look through the lens of the healthiest, happiest elders in the world’s Longevity Hot Spots, most live a faith-based life, and most are very gracious and generous towards visitors. I would be somewhat surprised, but not entirely shocked, I guess, if some of the nonagenarians or centenarians were to espouse anti-immigrant views and argue for such policies. It seems a waste of the resource of good, wholesome energy to spend it begrudging the way others meet their livelihood needs. Somehow I do not feel that traveling from one place to another can correctly be interpreted as a crime. Erecting a border may be an extension of building a home and locking a door, but I still feel for the right of people to pursue work, an honest livelihood. What you do when you GET to the destination… is a whole ‘nother story.

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