"We have recognized ourselves in the stranger," writes Joseph Dispenza in The Way of the Traveler. "Now we move to take what we first saw as foreign in the stranger and to make these things part of the familiar. When we incorporate the truths we have discovered, we transform ourselves. We are renewed. But how do we accomplish this?"
This morning, greeting a friend and neighbor as we walked to the community barn, I thought of what Joseph Dispenza's asked us.
Maybe part of the secret lies not just in seeing a stranger as oneself, but in seeing old friends in new ways, viewing them with renewed eyes. This way, the gifts they bring to us, previously overlooked, might appear as new offerings.