Tony – A Citizen’s Heart in Action

Tony – A Citizen’s Heart in Action

I would love to offer a story to complement the heady ideas we awaken to when we read quotations about a “greater democracy” and when we search for language to try and explain it or to have conversations about this new evolution for humanity.

This story taught me that even without having words to understand spiritual democracy we can see it in action if we look. Yesterday my daughter and I simply did an errand to the shoe and luggage repairman in town. A week earlier I had brought in her winter boots which he described as “tire blow outs.”

As we entered the tiny shop, to the left was a jumble of broken luggage – all around shoes akimbo – were piled high in various states of disrepair, worn-outness and … renewal. It was one of those shops that’s disappearing in America – a good and messy shoe repair place. It was a busy Saturday morning. Tony, the proprietor was present – beaming warmly. As he handled our order, with a little banter of conversation and a caring demeanor he looked at us and offered, ”you’ve done a good job raising a fine daughter and she can be a guide and helper to you.”  An unexpressed “higher self” in Katie and me woke up. I wasn’t a Mom just wondering vaguely how my life would intersect with hers as she made her way in graduate school, Katie wasn’t a young adult vaguely wondering how she might be called in to care for me someday. This little remark shifted our consciousness. We felt uplifted. We weren’t exactly sure how this shift happened in us - the vibration of Tony’s generous spirit? his warmth? the insightful comment? Katie said, “I’m always coming back here.”

I reflected a little. Here is Tony, like the shoe cobbler archetype from fairy tales, giving humble service to “journeyers” every day. He mends things people need for their journey – shoes and suitcases. While doing that, he offers deeper, greater things too. He works with a peaceful, giving spirit and an honest joy. When we are with him, we are changed. His heart-gift touches us and lifts us to a better place, a higher “see level” so to speak.

Yes, Tony is a change agent for spiritual democracy without proclaiming it. He has a quality of personhood and a deep human spirit that he brings to his daily role as a citizen.

As we reach for how to further the high ideals of a greater democracy – let’s be on the look out for people you know, who, like Tony are living it right now. If we share stories about them we may help our dear friend, spiritual democracy, rise up from our hearts and be known. Our intellect will then happily craft the words that will flow from our knowing hearts.

Please do send blogs of people you see as change agents or culture shifters - either well known or not known at all. Let’s share stories and this wealth of information.

 

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