This time of year you see all sorts of year end shows that try to wrap up the year’s events. Barbara Walters comes to mind, as does Time’s Person of the Year. (I believe that this year it will be Pope Francis.) I recently received an email from a dear friend that linked me to an anonymous piece which some of you may have seen called an Interview with God. So I am picturing Barbara Walters, or that guy from Inside the Actor’s Studio opposite a God-like figure, say Morgan Freeman, white suit and all. And the discussion goes like this (Excerpt from video -Click Here- Interview with God ):
“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time,” I said.
“My time is eternity.
What questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises you most about humankind?”
“That they get bored with childhood,
rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.”
“That they lose their health to make money,
and then lose their money to restore their health.”
“That by thinking anxiously about the future they forget the present,
such that they live in neither the present nor the future.”
“That they live as if they will never die,
and die as though they had never lived.”
God’s hand took mine,
and we were silent for a while.
And then I asked:
“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”
“To learn they cannot make anyone love them.
All they can do is let themselves be loved.”
“To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.”
“To learn to forgive
by practicing forgiveness.”
“To learn that it takes only a few seconds
to open profound wounds in those they love,
wounds which can take many years to heal.”
“To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most,
but one who needs the least.”
“To learn that there are people who love them dearly,
but simply have not yet learned how to express or show
“To learn that two people can look at the same thing
and see it differently.”
“To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another,
they must also forgive themselves.”
“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly.
“Is there anything else you would like your children to know?”
God smiled and said,
“Just know that I am here. Always.”
(Thanks Dottie, for sending this amazing collection of insight.)