We are all just walking each other home ~ Ram Dass. No truer words have been spoken. Personally, this quote is a reminder to be kind to each other, for we are all just trying to find our way to a person, to a place, a home, however we define that home to be.
I got this quote from a video of a YouTuber I follow under the name of ‘Vegan Earth & Soul’, and with that I was introduced to Ram Dass and his quotes, quips & sayings. I watched a documentary of his on Netflix and was impressed by what a deep soul he is.
Why did this quote stay with me, haunt me even? I think more than anything else it was its simplicity, how unassuming and kindly it sounds. As we mature in years, we realize more than ever how life really is a journey, and a circular one at that. We all come and we all eventually transition back to wherever it is we believe we came from.
For all our striving, life really is transitional. For all our loving & caring, pushing & shoving, we all still just end up journeying along to our eventual demise. This quote beautifully sums up the brevity of life, distilling the concept of living to its bare essence -humans journeying along life’s path, just trying to figure it all out so they can make it safely home.
I interpret this quote as a call to be mindful of each other as we all journey along life’s path; to consider each other and show kindness. In my life’s journey, I have been shown a lot of kindness, both by individual people as well as institutions of governance. Belgium as a country was kind to me, getting me on my feet and giving me a fighting chance to succeed in life. Like Joshua Williams says, ‘the easiest way to make an impact in your community is just to be kind.’
Paying it forward, I have also shown kindness to a lot of people. I’ve taken in the stranded, I’ve lent money, I’ve paid for some things, I’ve encouraged, prayed with and edified. I have tried to live my life as softly and kindly as I can. Not to say I’ve never failed, but sorry has never been a difficult word for me to utter when I understand I have hurt another, regardless of whether I was right or wrong; my parents taught me the value of offering a genuine apology.
This quote is reminiscent of the more popular one: “I shall come this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again” ~ Etienne De Grellet.
This Christmas season as we go about our lives, let’s look for opportunities to serve, opportunities to show kindness, to listen. Let’s give hugs when we can, wipe away a tear as it falls, give hope, spread joy, show love. For after all, we are all just waking each other home. Cheers, Grey ღ