At the concert I said Alanis is vegetarian, practices yoga and meditation, just like me. A guy in the audience said to his friends that he would've liked to meet me, but not anymore because of that. Maybe if I stopped doing yoga. He explained that I had lost 80 points with him right there, because he's Christian, "And those things, you know..."
A devout Catholic friend of mine, the person who invited him to the concert, allowed him to finish his comment and replied, "I know her very well, and there's no one who loves God more than that woman."
Of course, surely there are people who do, but you get what she meant. There are infinite ways to have an open relationship with God. When it was over, she went with him to where I was and introduced us. He didn't know she's one of my best friends. He didn't know the reason my friendship with her has grown and maintained itself is precisely because our sharing has been largely based on our faith in divinity. We have different ways of living and strengthening it, but we build bridges on that. We respect and therefore enrich each other.
So, homework time! We have to continue making an effort to look beyond appearances. All of us. Yes, me too.
Obrigada pela correcao minha amiga! Nao existe algo maior que Deus em minha vida!
Soon to come: "The Retreat" post. I'm working on it.