Interdependence day

A few days ago as a nation we celebrated Independence Day. As an immigrant of over forty years it has become almost second nature to me. Nowadays however I see that independence is a necessary developmental stage but it isn’t the fullness of maturation. Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate an interdependence day? None of us exist in a vacuum. We are all connected. We are really all one. Everything on earth teaches us this connection, this interdependence.

Looking out my window at a beautiful mature tree I see that each leaf is connected to a twig, which is part of the branch, which connects to the trunk whose roots go deep into earth and all are nourished by its water, minerals and sunlight.  Nothing exists in isolation.

How are you part of the whole? What are your many circles of connectedness?

Isabel Rafferty, OP
Madison, WI


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