Full of Junk –
Today is President’s Day. I wish I would’ve remembered that before this afternoon. The last few weeks have been rough weather wise. Cold, rainy, windy and our trash has piled up in the bin outside. Finally, today, it was dry enough to put the all the trash in the back of the truck and take it to the Refuse and Recycle Center. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to do it before meeting with some fathers today so it sat in the back of the truck until afternoon. My truck looked like Sanford and Son. After finishing up my appointments I headed to the dump. I was almost there and thankful to get rid of the trash. Then, to my disbelieving eyes, the gates were closed and it dawned on me; “President’s Day.” It was a holiday and county employees weren’t working today. My truck would stay loaded down until tomorrow. “Grrrr!” and “Sigh.”
“Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.” Easy sentence to write a hard sentence to live. We are surrounded by many negative things which can be like anchors to our spirits. Violence, injustice, racism, sexism, bigotry, and all sorts of evil that threaten to permeate our souls. We must be careful, watchful, mindful to not allow this corruption of creation to become a part of us, absorb us, soak up our existence and make us apart of what we should be fighting against.
We’ve seen the amusing when a woman strolling through a mall fell into a fountain, but there’s a darker side to this problem.San Diego, California police are reporting today that a man walked off of the edge at Sunset Cliffs while staring at an electronic device.
While the device isn’t known, it can be guessed to be a cell phone, though a tablet is a possibility. According to what NBC News is reporting, “Witnesses stated seeing someone distracted by an electronic device and he just fell over the edge”, says San Diego Lifeguard Bill Bender. “(He) wasn’t watching where he was walking, he was looking down at the device in his hands”.” (Betanews.com)
What a terrible story and my heart goes out to the family at the loss of a dear loved one. As I read this article I thought about how often my, and others’, attention are glued to a screen. Accidents and tragedies are bound to happen.
I also reflected on the truth of how what’s in our hands, what we possess, or want to, captures our focus and everything else can be lost. We become so transfixed on having, obtaining, grasping, controlling that our path is obscured and indeed we pay the price with our lives and spirits.
What we possess, possesses us. May we each be mindful, choose wisely, live open handed, watchful and not lose all things dear as we walk this path called life.