I try and keep to universals so that anything I share here can be useful to anyone. But today I’m getting personal.

Because a few friends knew I was struggling with some personal issues, and took it to heart. And some of those friends serve on institutions.

Because I know the prayers of my Local Spiritual Assembly are with me.

Because I know the prayers of my Regional Baha’i Council are with me.

Because I know the prayers of my Auxiliary Board members are with me.

Because I know the prayers of my Continental Counselor are with me.

I’m a bit of a pessimist by nature, a bit withdrawn, slow to friendliness, slow to happiness, slow to hope or to love.

But the love of the individuals, the institutions, and the community around me are so palpable at times like this, I can’t help but to be happy.

There is a unity here, in my little Midwestern region, that I haven’t known anywhere else. And I wouldn’t trade it for all the progress in the world.

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