On the morning drive into work I'm lucky to get a ride in most days with my husband. The unlucky days I take a bus. When I'm with hubby we listen to 'Stuntman' Stu and Angie Poirier on Majic 100.3. This morning on the drive to work we heard the news that Stu is in hospital and has been diagnosed with leukemia. I was taken aback and gasped audibly. I spent the rest of the drive in thinking about this news, Stu, his family, and my feelings about it all.
Let's be clear, I don't know Stu personally. I only know what I hear on the radio - what comes through in his voice and his words - and what I've seen of him in one live appearance. From that I have created a picture of who Stu is and how he represents goodness in the world. I could be wrong but I doubt it. It's hard to mask your deeper self day after day. I'm sure you've had the experience of hearing what someone was saying to you yet feeling there was an inconsistency in what was said and what was meant, even if you couldn't put your finger on what it was. I've never had that feeling listening to Stu.
One of the things that I realized was that on hearing the news my mind moved away from my picture of the strong vibrant healthy man I heard on the radio and saw at the live event. It moved over to a picture of a sickly man in hospital who needs lots of prayers and love. But wait a minute. The essence of who he is has not changed. I have changed my mind about him based on a change of his apparent health status. How fickle is that?
This is my issue. My humanness showing up. My own worst fears playing out. Such limited thinking really. There is an expression that says, 'we are Divine Beings having a human experience'. I love it. I believe it. And because of it I will look beyond the apparent appearance of Stu's diagnosis to see his true essence. Your true essence. My true essence. We are all one, all the same and when we can see this essence in one person we can see it in every body. We cannot deny the things that need to be done on the human level but neither do we have to dwell in the fear, worry or dread. The human body may cease to function but the Divine within us simply transcends from one way of being to another, like changing from your work clothes into your comfy stuff. But your core never changes.
Love. That is your core, our core. It is the essence of who we are. When we fill all our spaces with love we leave no room for fear and we see we are all the same no matter the outside appearances or circumstances. Stu and his family will have hard days, and easier ones, tears, and joy. But from all the accounts I've heard his spirits are high and he's facing what comes with courage and laughter. I'll help along in whatever way I can even if it's just sending loving thoughts.