Beth was almost crushed today! It was a fearful moment that neither of us will forget. I had pulled into a gas station, found a pump and began putting gas in the car. Beth was getting out of the car when an elderly man began backing up his truck. I don’t know if he ever saw the car but he backed up jamming his trailer hitch into the car and squeezing the door on Beth! I was yelling; “WHOA! WHOA! WHOA!” to no avail. Beth was waving her arms but the man wasn’t stopping. Finally, he put the car in drive and pulled off. No stopping, no explaining, no acknowledgment he never did anything. I was attending to Beth whose legs are bruised and, of much less significance, to how much of a dent he put in the car door. Thankfully Beth is okay. She’s put ice packs on her legs and took some pain meds.
Awareness. Without it people are left fearful, hurting and often in disbelief.
The sun and the rain are fighting for supremacy of the sky today. One moment the sun seems to have the battle in hand but the next the grey clouds and rain rally to retake the advantage.
It’s been interesting to try and work outside between the clash of giants. I may not know who’ll ultimately claim victory but I do know I have no say in the matter. Forces beyond my control are staking their claim and I’m a bystander.
Nature, when we take the time to see and connect with it, is a marvelous teacher of humanity’s true place in the world. For all the bluster, quests for power, political campaigns, battles for territory, fights over resources we can’t make the sun shine. Even in our technological age when humankind seems to be making incredible breakthroughs in science, medicine, computer design, the understanding of the human body and the planet on which we reside, we can’t make it stop raining.
Wisdom teaches us to recognize the difference between our significance and our arrogance.