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A Nocturnal Chat with God
Last night, in the stillness of a dark moment, I dreamt that I had an chat with God...

August   |   2001   |   Subject  Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

... I would like to share the gist of the conversation with you. It helped me - it might help you too?!

"Come in," God said. "So, you would like to talk to Me?"

"If you have the time," I said.

God smiled and said: "My time is eternity and is enough to do everything. What questions do you have in mind to ask me?"

"What surprises you most about humankind?"

God answered:

"That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again;

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore their health;

That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live neither for the present nor the future;

That they live as if they will never die, and they die as if they had never lived."

Then, God's hands took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked ...

"As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"

God replied with a smile:

"To learn that they cannot make anyone love them. What they can do is to let themselves be loved;

To learn that what is most valuable is not What they have in their lives, but Who they have in their lives;

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on the basis of comparisons;

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least;

To learn that it only takes a few short seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them;

To learn to forgive by practising forgiveness;

To learn that there are persons that love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express, share or show their feelings;

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness;

To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally different;

To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them and likes them anyway;

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves."

I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked Him for his time and for all that He has done for me. He replied, "Anytime. I'm here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I'll answer."

Perhaps I should remember that ...

>People will forget what you said.

People will forget what you did,

But people will never forget how you made them feel.

I wish I could apply those lessons from the interview into my own life. I would be so much the richer for it, and so much the lighter for the wisdom it brings with it too ..! harry-bvH:

© Dr Harry Hagopian   |   2001   |   August


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