There are two types of people in the world when it comes to an emergency: the one that stands by and discusses what's the best plan of action to take; and the other that reacts without concern for the Self. I cannot say which is the correct response, but I can say that I am the reaction type.
I recently watched a man in the ocean struggling to keep his head above the water. I used to know this man. I knew that he knew how to swim yet, in this dire moment I saw that he wasn’t okay. Something within him must have shifted and changed him and he needed help because apparently he could no longer swim.
Something within him must have shifted
and changed him and he needed help...
I looked around at the bystanders to see that they were discussing amongst themselves how they should approach the drowning man. I called out to them hoping that they would step in to assist him. They didn’t. They stood there frozen. So I, fully clothed, jumped into the ocean. I attempted to pull the man out of the water by myself but I couldn’t. He was too heavy, the current was too strong and, even though I was using all of my strength, I was unable to get him out of the water by myself. Thank God emergency personnel showed up to assist in this life or death circumstance. Everyone, at the end of the day, survived.
There was a lot of opinions given to me after this particular situation, especially in regards to the danger that I had put myself in. Yes, sure, I could have been hurt but that wasn’t even a thought. Sometimes we don’t need to put so much thought into the what-ifs and instead react as if we are all family - a community of one. You are my brothers and my sisters. I choose to see the light in each of you even if, at times, it makes me blind to the reality around me. Call me foolish or naive. Point your fingers and place blame. I am strong enough and secure enough with the decisions that I have made to be able to sit in peace with a quiet mind. Can you do the same? If not, take the time, my friend, to honestly assess the decisions you have made that have left you feeling the way you currently do.
I choose to see the light
in each of you even if, at times,
it makes me blind to the reality around me.
This journey is a whole lot more beautiful when we support and love another from the simplest of forms to the most complex. Try being a friend to the stranger behind you and love those that you may not understand.