Friends are everywhere if you have the courage to look.
Friends are everywhere if you have the courage to look.
Time on this planet is short and there are those who are taking up too much of it.
The person you are today is not the person you were yesterday and will not be who you are tomorrow.
What does an elephant think about
As he stands inside a zoo
What passes through his mind
As he’s looking back at you?
What does a pigeon think about
As he soars above the crowds
Perhaps it just a simple thing
As he plays amongst the clouds.
A single ant is scurrying
His job it must be done
The others they depend on him
The many and the one.
A crow is thinking, I can tell
He cocks his head at me
Is he looking at my lunch
Does he think it’s free?
Behind, beside and over there
Are those we do not know
But they have thoughts and feelings
Just like that silly crow
What does a person think about
And he looks upon another
Race and colour notwithstanding
Could he be my brother?
This crazy world that we call ours
We’re only tenants here
Mind your manners, p’s and q’s
Or next the end is near!
We can’t dream it right but we can make it right.
Understanding is a gift.
The Domino Effect (January 2014)
I want to say something profound and memorable. I wanted my first full post of 2014 to be something people spoke about to each other for days and weeks. And then I realized I had it all wrong. It’s not about the words I use. It’s not about how I feel about what I write. It’s about reaching out from the isolation of my home to the world. We are not alone. We never have been.
I’m a big believer in the importance of chance. You meet a stranger on the street and you smile in an abstract, bored sort of way. The person you smile at doesn’t realize you are bored and his spirits are lifted just a tiny bit and when he gets home to his wife he’s kinder. His wife spends a little longer getting dressed that night because she’s starting to believe she’s beautiful because her husband was kind. She speaks gently to her child that night and he goes to sleep feeling loved. The next day he goes to school and does exceptionally well on a test because he feels good about himself. His teacher is thrilled that her problem student has done well and she feels better about herself thinking she’s the reason. She goes home that night . . . All of this happened because one woman smiled at a stranger. It’s a domino effect.
We live on this little blue world made of dirt and water and people. There are a lot of us. There are wars and hunger, violence and apathy. Every day we deal with our own perceived inadequacies, our own diseases. But there’s one thing we must never forget: somewhere, someone is in much worse shape than we are. Somewhere, someone is watching their life blood seep through a gaping wound, alone and frightened. Somewhere, someone is watching as a loved one slowly succumbs to a painful and deadly disease. A woman is raped and beaten, killed. A man is shot dead by a stranger for his empty wallet. A woman feels the hands of a lover on her throat tightening. Children are shot by children, men and women are tortured, planes crash, people are dying of hunger, disease and greed.
You have a choice. I have a choice. We can give in, be victims and wallow in our own self-pity. Or we can take what quality of life we have, embrace it, relish it, enhance it if we can, and live. Reach out to the stranger next to you and smile. We are all in this together.
Silence is the pause as we wait for life to intrude.
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