In Memory Of Charlie Phillips

"January 14th 1939 - October 6th 2020 - Rest in Peace Charlie"

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Just A Touch

by Charlie Phillips

    It was just a light hand on the shoulder as the waitress stopped to see if we needed anything. Nothing but a simple reaction or maybe just to place herself at our table, but the feeling lives on. This is not to say I have any fantasy that there was any conscious meaning to it on her part. As I reflect on it I can think back in time when similar occurrences have happened. The touch leaves an imprint that lasts often beyond the person conveying that touch.

    Could it be because I was brought up where touching and hugging wasn’t part of our culture? I personally would never consciously touch someone I did not know. Maybe I don’t initiate that touch because I don’t want to invade their space, or am concerned about a negative reaction to that touch.

    Does the physical contact with another person actually help us stay grounded? Maybe connected to the spirit within us. Then again maybe it’s the people involved, perhaps they are connected in ways that they do not know. Perhaps this contact, although not a conscious thought given, is another way for our spirits to acknowledge each other. This could explain why that touch, contact is remembered even if the person is unknown to us.

    I don’t claim to have the answers, actually I do have all the answers, but they just don’t fit with the right questions. I have found the more I study our own beliefs and history the more I know that I don’t know. The more honest our search the more we find that what we have been told is at best a misrepresentation of facts. Perhaps the touch is the spirit within trying to get us in tune with ourselves. I have come to believe most of us don’t want to find out who we are. The fear is that reality may be something we don’t know how to handle.

    Until we find to true spirit within we will beset with wars, economic woes, hunger and all the other miseries that humans have put on themselves. When we all search for the truth within, without the prejudices of religion and nationality only then the entire before mentioned can end. When you read something that goes against everything you have been taught or believe, do you disregard it or can you read it and decipher if it has merit? As Aristotle said “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” I believe it is also an educated mind that can accept that their preconceived ideas are wrong.

    Ah but that touch, do you remember it?