Whether we allow ourselves to be fully embraced by this fact or not we must contend with the reality that our lives are shared and inter-connected. Most of us shrug our shoulders and say okay no big deal and to others they go rushing around hugging everyone. But what does it mean to be inter-connected? We generally agree that grace is poured out for one and all yet the reality check comes when we own up to the fact that we each are essential to one another - those we get along with and especially those who rub us the wrong way. And it is here where the spiritual journal begins. In a way the spiritual journey is a paradox - a going forth and a coming home. And most importantly, it is a shared journey that we never go it alone.