In a Zone — Part II

Yesterday’s conclusion:

Yes, there is a spiritual zone as well. It comes at that moment that a divine spark is in you. You gain poise and strength to pass through any experience without fear that it may prove to be too hard. You are conscious of the presence of God within you, and you have no fear. Like a basketball player you want the ball, because you feel free from all that would hold you down.

Unlike, a physical or mental zone, there is a trigger mechanism for each of us to reach a spiritual zone. That mechanism is a conscious choice to be involved in the lives of other people we encounter on our way.

Part II:

We are all familiar with John Dunne’s famous lines: send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” He also wrote in the same poem, “Each man’s death diminishes me for, I am involved in mankind.” Sometimes we choose to not get involved, to stay aloof. It is easier, and we find ourselves asking what difference can I make?

                When we make such a choice we miss the opportunity to enter our spiritual zone. Each one of us has a hundred little things that will make a difference – a kind word, a hand written note, a phone call, a squeeze of someone’s hand, a smile, or my favorite — a batch of warm cookies. Think of how you felt the last time you chose to extend a small act of kindness toward a friend or someone you encountered along the way. You were in a zone.

                The spiritual zone is the easiest to enter, and the most satisfying. It is not a made putt or sunk free throw that carries one through life. A good day at work is just as temporary. It is our relationships with others that buoy us. The bell tolls for you. Make sure you don’t let relationships go by the wayside by a poor choice or complacency.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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