Do you ever see something and instantly think "wow, that would be so perfect for so-and-so, I must get it for him/her"? Don't you just love that feeling?! I am always thrilled when I unexpectedly come across things that speak to me of a particular friend...I can rarely resist the impulse to give it to them. (I don't mean expensive or extravagant items obviously, and certainly not obligatory purchases...just those happy occasions when some small gift feels absolutely right.)
Well, I was browsing at the Art Gallery gift shop today and spotted this:
The Mi'kmaq Anthology
Edithors Rita Joe and Lesley Choyce
My friend, Karl, has told me that he feels drawn to native spirituality, and the way First Nations people connect with our earth and that which I would call the Spirit (I am not sure what name they use). Neither he nor, to my knowledge, his partner is of First Nations ancestry, but for various reasons, this culture resonates with Karl. He was raised Catholic, but is no longer "R"eligious; he follows his own spiritual path, which includes such practices as 'healing touch' and meditation. He is often surprised by my comments when we talk about worship experiences...he is unused to a church that is open to following one's own faith journey, questions and all, so thinks my St. John's United sounds very cool. Anyway, when I saw this book in the gift shop, it called out his name to me and I immediately wanted to get it for him, so I did.
He seemed quite touched by my gift, and gave me a big hug, after which we had a great conversation about the joy of having friends in the workplace. Of course there are always many acqaintances with whom one is friendly, but we both have found that it is quite rare to connect on the deeper level of real "friendship". I am blessed to have made such a connection with three wonderful people in my office: Tricia, Jane and Karl.
The bird a nest
the spider a web
the human friendship.
~ William Blake