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Interbeing

As it is for so many, July 4th in the U.S. is our day for time with immediate family and close friends, to share food and tell stories, swim in the pool, light up a bonfire and toast marshmallows and watch the sky for all the fireworks that others work so hard to collect and display.

The day seems long and the light remains with us until quite late. Time slows and our being together seems simply perfect. We recall those who are no longer with us and our memories of when they were and we share amazement at how quickly our children have grown.

Such days as this are so much more about our interdependence and need for each other than about our individual lives and accomplishments. So, this year, I am struck by the paradoxical idea that while we celebrate our Independence day as a Nation, we live in a world of ever more delicate and critical interdependence. It is a complex network of connectivity that translates down to a very personal level.

It is truly in the evolution of human community that we will realize our best destiny.

It is in embracing our profound, if subtle, ties to each other that will reveal our deeper and richer meaning.

This year, I celebrate our interdependence and give thanks for days set aside to appreciate that and to feel it more keenly than when I rush through the customary and obligatory daily round of chores, challenges, and problem-centered chatter.

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