I refused to drive to dinner because I felt that I owed something to today’s beautiful weather. Therefore, my friend and I decided to take a 17 minute walk to Chipotle for a meal that would fall between afternoon snack and dinner.
About 8 minutes into the walk, a young man with tears in his eyes, got onto his bike and biked towards us in frustration. He yelled the gruesome words “You *** hole” …”You *** hole!” … “You *** hole!!!” each set with increased frustration and anger as he advanced towards us. I didn’t have enough time to analyze what could have caused him so much despair or so much pain, for my heart was too loud in my ears and too fast in my chest. I braced myself as he got closer and all sorts of thoughts raced through my mind.
Seconds away from us, my friend addressed him in a soft, comforting tone, “are you o.k?”
He responded with a softer, collected tone “yea I’m fine ” and mumbled words that sounded like “I’m just calling people *** holes”.
He continued passed us into an encounter with another group, a gentleman in that group asked the same question as my friend had, but the response of the young frustrated man was different. He got off his bike and yelled at the top of his lungs “You *** hole, what are you doing?”
I tuned out of the visible world checking into the words that floated in my head. I wondered what could have caused him so much pain, enough pain to make him feel obliged to cause others pain and grief. I contemplated on his demeanor then got carried away by the energy that surrounded him. The people around him were filled with positivity and a desire to help, even though no one knew the cause of sadness or the reason for his attitude, people understood that he was wronged and wished to help or rather fix the wrong if possible.
I smiled at the possibilities that still enrich the world. Positive concern.
Yes, negativity can flash once in a while, but the true essence of life is to reject the air of negativity and have greater essence of positive influence onto anything and everything you do.
Let your positive concern shine to those who curse you, those who hate you, those who oppose you, those who envy you, those who wish the worst for you and be sure that you will not receive any less that you present to them.
My thoughts continued into a concept along the lines of “life is a mirror”. What others make you see, feel, hear is a reflection of what you present.
Yes, there are things that you encounter that are not what you present to the mirror, these are the things around you that you have no control over, but somehow find their way into your mirror of life. Regardless, your attitude to those articles that present struggles should be nothing less than a desire to help or a smile to sooth those you encounter and to brighten you experience.
Yup, a simple smile is strong enough to handle anything, I speak from experience =).
…Funny enough, we did not eat at chipotle, we walked about 2 minutes past the encounter and decided that we wanted food on the other side of our house, so we walked back, past our house, towards a restaurant that would serve us our dinner.
It is not a coincidence that we walked that direction at first, that we encountered a young man who wished harm on others, that we encountered a man that we thought we should help.
In the encounter, I saw a flash of light in this tunnel called the world that everyone thinks is so dark, I saw positive concern that spoke the language of hope.
There is a lesson to be learned in all encounters, as for this one, I search my mind for the lesson that awaits.
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