love thy neighbor

Attack of the Rapturists

So first of all, if you haven’t already watched it, you should take some time out of your day to watch this video:

I confess to being a little embarrassed to admit it, but I cried when I watched it. I still don’t know exactly why. Something about the amount of care that this woman was getting, not just from the people doing the prank but from her teachers, her co-workers, her friends. They all speak of her in this video with such love and affection and respect. Maybe it was the way she never seemed to feel entitled to the good fortune – going so far as to insist on splitting the $1000 tip with her co-workers. Seriously, who does that?

Maybe it had something to do with the fact that she existed in this sea of love – even with the crappy car, the hard job, the struggles of teaching yoga (you all know how I feel about yoga) and helping others recovering from eating disorders. I don’t know why exactly the tears came to my eyes, except that it was such a beautiful series of events for her, all occurring one after the other.

Is there a point to be made here? Maybe not. Maybe it’s just the old Spider Robinson adage of “Shared joy is increased.”

But wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all create days like that for each other.

Be a rapturist – the backward of a terrorist. Commit random acts of senseless kindness, whenever possible. – Spider Robinson, “Off the Wall at Callahan’s”

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