I was recently reminded of this story in which someone goes into a beautiful dining room, full of fine china and lines. The orchestra is playing in the corner, and everyone is dressed to the nines. There's an overabundance of food and drink. It's a moment that you think you have arrived.
But when you look closer, you realize something is wrong and the people in this picture aren't happy. In spite of everything they are experiencing and able to enjoy, they can't partake because their utensils are too large. Although they can get food onto their forks, they can't get the food into their mouths. You realize these people are starving to death. This is hell.
You walk into the same scenario, the same beautiful party. Only this time people are flourishing, laughing, smiling and having a wonderful time. The only difference with this scene is while the people still can't feed themselves with their large forks, they have learned how to use their forks to feed one another.
I love this story. It touches us because we know intuitively that most of us are living a little bit too close to hell. We've become confused about when or how much we should be feeding others and for allowing them to feed us back. In our modern world, we have collapsed co-dependence with inter-dependence. In our confusion, we have stopped giving much of ourselves to others and stopped allowing others to give much of themselves to us.
We have come to think of needing others as negative. Our misguided goal has become total independence and self sufficiency so we don't suffer from "being too needy." How does this show up in your life? Are you living closer to Heaven or Hell?
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