We Are Related

I spent several days this past week at the annual conference of Spiritual Directors International in St. Louis.  I was very taken by one of the opening prayers we used each day at the gathering.  It is a Lakota greeting – Mitakuye Oyasin,  which translates as All My Relations, or We are all Connected.  Here it is:

Good morning, good morning, good morning.
If nobody has told you today that you are loved,
Well, let me tell you my relative:
You are loved, cared for, wanted and needed.
This world is a better place because you are in it.
Thank you for who you are, and remember, you are loved.

What would it be like if we were to greet everyone this way?  Perhaps  not with these exact words, but at least with some version of the sentiment, and with that idea in our hearts.

What a difference that could make!