than being kind to one's family,
the cashier at the grocery store,
an unexpected visitor,
the con in the next cell,
a stray cat or dog,
or any other of the usually 'irrelevant' or 'invisible'
beings who may cross our paths
in the course of a normal day.
Certainly there are spiritual mysteries beyond description
to explore, but as we mature, it becomes clear
that those special experiences are only meaningful
when they arise from and return to
a life of ordinary kindness.