So today we are leaving the USA again. Of course, as in the end of each journey, we look back at what happened during the 6 weeks that we spent in America. And just like at the end of each journey, you can see that there is constant change, that people change and relations change.
Some people, who were close to you before, made distance. Others, whom you only knew a little and who were just acquaintances, got to know you better and you got to know them better as you spent time with them. They became close friends. Some friends are and were just as they always have been. And people whom you have never met before, approached you and became close. Maybe their relation will only be close for a while and then change again or it will be a relation for a lifetime. You never know, because everything is in change.
If you put the relations in different categories, you can say some relations are made for a reason and when interest in that reason is not there anymore, distance is created or the relation even finishes. These are relations with a certain purpose, business for example. They can finish or become more distant when that business or purpose is over.
Some relations are a temporary fascination. It is a big impression, many words, but with time, slowly the air leaves the balloon and it sinks to the ground.
And some relations are true friendships which you establish because of love. It doesn’t matter what happens, these relations are made for life and stay your whole life long.
I would say for all three categories that these people are my friends. I don’t have another way to address it. If I meet someone on the street, I may also call this person my friend after a few minutes of talk. With more closeness I even call them family and friends.
I have learned a Sanskrit Mantra when I was in primary school: ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’. That means ‘This whole universe is family’. My family is not only four people, we all belong together. The question is only which level of relation you develop, which feeling you develop and according to that you feel close. Family and friend is everybody but you see how the other person meets you, acts with you, what happens in between you and this determines your closeness. Your action and behavior gets inspired by your feelings. If you only say ‘family’ but your action doesn’t express this, it shows that you do not feel this closeness. And this can bring disappointment which then creates more distance in relations, because it is only words, not feelings and they cannot express in action. But this, too, you can accept as life.
It is the cycle of this world, change is always going on. Our six weeks trip was full of experiences and life is going on. We learn from life. We are looking forward to our flight and Germany and we say goodbye America, see you next time!