A Knowing That Is a Blessing

Jul 23, 2013

Yesterday, I was at a coffee shop with Dr. Newton and his wife.  At one point, as I'm describing ServiceSpace, a stranger shyly walks up to our table.  To make him feel comfortable, I interrupt myself and say to him: "Hello, my friend."  He says, "Sorry to intrude like this but I just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for what you are doing, and also for being."  Eugene, this 60+ year old man with a white beard, shares few more words before concluding: "Bless you."  Today, at coffee with Sunaina and Michael Nagler, a rabbi (Joshua) visiting from Jerusalem sits with us, and then spends the rest of the evening with us as we head to Rev. Heng Sure's evening gathering.  After 8 spontaneous hours together, he shares a prayer in Hebrew and expresses how he felt privileged to be connected to ServiceSpace.  The thing is that neither Eugune nor Joshua could tell you exactly what SSp actually does, and yet they knew.  Meeting in that field of knowing is indeed a blessing.

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