We have a prophet. He talks to God and he loves us.
I listened to a talk of his, called See Others as they May Become.
PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS TALK.
During the 1940s and 1950s, an American prison warden, Clinton Duffy, was well known for his efforts to rehabilitate the men in his prison. Said one critic, "You should know that leopards don't change their spots!"
Replied Warden Duffy, "You should know I don't work with leopards. I work with men, and men change every day."
I know people change. It is so important to realize that YOU change EVERYDAY and that ANY ONE CAN.
I know miracles exist.
Rabbi Ronnie Cahana had a stroke affecting his brain stem in 2011. The effect of the stroke was slow enough that he was aware as his body gradually became paralyzed, starting from his legs and traveling up to just below his eyes. The condition is known as locked-in syndrome. Family and friends learned to communicate by saying the alphabet and then having him blink when they got to the right letter, thereby spelling out any message.
Rabbi Cahana's reaction to this experience was incredible. He spent hours pondering the beauty of God and life, wondering that he could experience such an exceptional state. He said that at night his mind would soar and he would be in motion, "swirling and twirling" above the ground. By blinking his eyes he wrote letters and sermons sharing his experience. He declared, "I want you to know that this too, is healige (holy in Yiddish). I am in a broken place, but there is holy work to be done." His willingness to search for truths in this trial helped him to transcend his misery.
In a TEDMED talk his daughter said that the family cocooned him in love. He imagined moving his fingers while his loving family physically moved them in therapy. And then his body rekindled. Slowly he began to feel electrical sensations in his arms. He eventually regained enough feeling to be able to breathe on his own and then to talk with his own voice. Every day he witnessed another miracle. His body developed like a baby's, but he observed it with all the experience of a fifty-seven-year-old mind and felt wonder and gratitude. He used his new understanding of truth to grow and was, remarkably, not afraid. The truth had set him free.
I love this life.
Please squeeze the ones you love. Cocoon them in love.
LOVE YOU ALL,
I started painting on rocks and leaving them around town!