“That was lovely”, was everybody’s feedback on tonight’s home visit, the first one for our Ruhi 2 study circle. Our hostess was Nancy, a wonderful lady who lately has not been able to attend Baha’i activities because she is talking care of her 96 year old aunt, also named Nancy.
We had a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the value of fostering bonds of friendship that is not limited to 19th Day Feast introductions alone. Then again, that is the idea of a study circle, isn’t it? Our hostess seemed very pleased with our visit as we shared news from the community and encouraged each other to steadfastly continue to study and serve. She even expressed an interest in hosting a Feast, although everything depends on the condition of her ailing aunt. So, please keep two Nancys in your prayers — our host and her aunt.
The other highlight today was the news at work that I will be relocated to a new office in order to be able to gather my growing team in a single area. While being in proximity with all my teammates is great, I had to take a deep breath and take in with a good dose of detachment the small detail that from a “window office” I am moving to a room with artificial light. While I was initially unhappy about the move, I forced myself to look at it as an opportunity to serve better and be mature about this all, so there you have it — dealing with life as it comes. Considering that The Bab during his imprisonment had no light for years, puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? Besides, this situation gave me an opportunity to share with my boss one of my most favorite quotes:
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility.
(Baha’u'llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u'llah, p. 284)
My boss’ response? “That was lovely”