As I was sweeping, a friend of mine who I haven't heard from in a while, popped in to my mind - and not one minute later, I got a text from him. I love little things like that, when connections display themselves.
A little bit later, I took a break and just closed my eyes and stood in the sun. My imaginary Brazilian friend whom I've been grieving lately came to mind. And like earlier, in the way that my friend and I had been thinking of each other at the same time, it made me think that perhaps that's what was taking place now. Whether he consciously was or not, it doesn't matter.
As a cosmic tapestry, we can never be apart from the ones we know and love - or anyone, for that matter. But it was such a great reminder. All of my friends, family, and even those who have passed away - they are all with me. Loved ones are only a thought away. How great is that!
An unexpected wave of gratitude hit me and an immense comfort took over. It doesn't have to be a two-way thing. I'm free to love whomever I want and they don't even have to participate; they don't even have to be physically present. I can speak to them, sing to them, pray for them, remember them. And even if it isn't in their conscious mind, I know they hear me. The heart of who we are, our Higher Selves, are always in touch with each other. From now on, I'm always going to see these random thoughts I have of people that I care about as their soul coming my way to say, "Hello, I love you."
Maybe that's why I'm able to stay so solitary and not get lonely. Maybe I've always intuitively known it this way. Whatever the case, to have it reoccur to me in this different, deeper way is so, so sweet.