At this time of year you really can feel the change of the season. The coolness of the morning, the way the light hits the mountains, the leaves beginning to turn — it all testifies that summer is over and autumn has begun. However, as the season changes to Autumn here in the northern hemisphere, spring is starting in the southern hemisphere. And in six months, it will be reversed.
We all experience the same thing, but in a different timeframe. On the surface our lives appear different because we don’t experience the same thing at the same time, but at our core, we share the same human experience.
Day to day our lives vary, but looked at from the broader view, we all know the passing of winter, the coming of spring, and all the expectations and emotions that grace each season. And we all know the wonder of childhood, the concerns of adulthood, and the love and loss that accompany every age and stage of life.
Clearly there is a common golden thread that runs through every one of us. Here are some timeless quotes that remind us of this fact:
Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
— Yiddish Proverb
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.
— Italian Proverb
The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes
There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future.
— Shri Haidakhan Babaji
Who sees all beings in his own Self, and his own Self in all beings, loses all fear.
— Isa Upanishad
If you have any quotes from your own tradition that speak to this common thread of human experience, please click here to submit them to our OneJourney Living Book.
Dr. Ellen Dickstein
The OneJourney Project
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Toward the beginning of this stirring video Guy explains that each and every one of us is a diamond in the rough. Our life experiences are meant to polish this diamond so that there is no end to the potential we have to reflect the Light from above. The entire talk can awaken you to the marvelous possibilities within you.