Though the words may be different, the varied phrasings all lead to the same thought:
The God/Goddess within me acknowledges the God/Goddess within you.
The Divine in me recognizes and honors, the Divine in you.
The spirit within me bows to the spirit within you.
I greet that place where you and I are one.
I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace.
We are one another. Sure, our experiences may be different, our lives churning forward in different directions; our tastes, cultures, belief systems as varied as the hairs on a human head. But in the end, we are all the same.
Flesh and blood. Joy and pain. Laughter and tears. Life and death.
That is the meaning behind our Namaste link. Donations made because the amazing people who come to DGMS are able to see themselves in someone else's circumstances. We can imagine someone else's pain, challenges, difficulties. Perhaps we have been there and survived something similar. Perhaps we are just decent people who acknowledge one another as our fellow travelers on this planet. Perhaps we just understand that in helping someone else, we in turn help ourselves.
I bring this up because earlier this week I received two pleas for assistance from within our community. Both sets of circumstances dire, places of residence at risk, no where to turn, end of the rope and desperate.
Sadly, I had to explain, and felt it important to do so here in the open as well, that the Yes, Virginia / Namaste links are one and the same.
What began as Yes, Virginia - the DGMS yearly Christmas fund to help families keep Santa alive for their children - was simply renamed to Namaste in honor of Toni when she passed.
The link is always open, but is really only used when a specific call goes out to the blogmunity. It is not a savings account, does not have a backlog of money just waiting. Dollars come in for a specific purpose (as they did for a donation in Penny's name to The Beagle Freedom Project - $180) and go out for that purpose.
Money is tighter than ever these days for everyone. And I dearly wish we could help every person who is facing a crisis, but we cannot. For several Christmases now I have pondered not doing Yes, Virginia because so many need to keep their money for their own families, yet each year, you all rally and we manage to keep alive the light and love of a Christmas morning in many homes.
The two emails I received are both worthy of assistance. They involve potential homelessness, a new baby in one, helplessness. One person has set up a Go Fund Me account at http://www.gofundme.com/Help-us-save-our-house. Donations may be made directly there.
If you can help our other family, the Namaste link is open.
We always do see ourselves and our goodness in each other at DGMS.