An Interview with God
Last night, I dreamed I had an interview with God.
"So you would like to interview me?" God asked, mildly amused.
"If you have the time..." I said hesitantly. Being very nervous, I could not even finish my sentence. After all, the priviledge to interview God personally is not something to take lightly!
God smiled. No, there was no trace of derision or frown on his face. Just endless kindness and patience. With a soothing voice, God said: "My time is eternity. What questions do you have in mind for me?"
"What surprises you most about humankind?" I finally managed to ask.
- "That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up... and then long to be children again.
- That they lose their health to make money... and then lose their money to restore their health.
- That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present... such that they live in neither the present nor the future.
- That they live as if they'll never die... and die as though they had never lived."
God's hand took mine and we were silent for a while.
And then I asked: "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?"
God thought for a brief moment and then replied:
- "To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is always trying their best to be loveable.
- To learn to forgive others by remembering their own mistakes.
- To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but that they must also forgive themselves.
- To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.
- To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those who love them; wounds that can take many years to heal.
- To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or show their feelings.
- To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
- To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others."
"Thank you for your time," I said humbly.
"Is there anything else you would like your children to know?"
God smiled and said, "Just know that I am always here."