I learn a great deal by merely observing you, and letting you talk as long as you please, and taking note of what you do not say. ~T. S. Eliot
Do you think you are only one person? Do you often say, “What can I do?” “How can I make a difference?” All it takes is one person, with a courageous heart. One person who sees injustice, evil, or a person who needs healing and acts. It takes persistence and an indomitable spirit. Are you that person? Irena Sendler was that person. Watch the 2 minute YouTube video and you’ll discover what one ordinary person did that was by any measure extraordinary. I know she inspired me. I hope she will touch your heart.
It’s not who others think you are. It’s not what others think you should be. It’s not what others think of you. it’s what you think about your self. See the best in yourself. See a human being worthy of giving love and being loved. The following YouTube video will make you think about these questions.
“We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist and forever will recreate each other.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
The message in the power-filled quotation by de Chardin is one of community. We are one. We build community by knowing each other in a personal way; by hearing each other’s story; by respecting our difference; by listening to one another. The five minute YouTube video will inspire you to focus on what is important.
As hard as I try, I find it difficult to pay attention. In church, if the sermon is longer than six minutes, my mind wanders. Sometimes, it wanders as low as two or three minutes. I call it a right brain, creative problem. A colleague once told me I was ADHD. A leadership consultant used the Myers-Briggs Personality Profile to define my lack of attention. Babe knew this and would often say, “tell me what I said,” I’d give her a sheepish grin and say, “Try it again from the top.”
Not paying attention got me in trouble in school more often than a change in the weather. It wasn’t that I wasn’t interested if you can follow the logic. It was more that I was interested in something else, something like baseball, football, and as puberty hit, girls.
“When do I get in this story?”
“Where did you come from? I didn’t have plans to include you in today’s blog.”
“You drift any further, Ray. You’ll be out to sea without a lifejacket.”
“I can swim.”
“It’s a metaphor, Ray.”
“What was I talking about before you butted in?”
“I don’t have to tell you. All you have to do is go back a few lines and read it.”
“Are you having a sugar low? Did you have your morning coffee? Did you not get as many lines in my blog as you like?”
“All the above and more.”
“I’ve lost my train of thought. I was on a roll before you showed up.”
“You wrote you were going to give me a bigger role in your blog.”
“Not in your dreams. Question, what is your purpose in my blog? I can’t figure out why I created you. I can’t figure out why I let you come by every day.”
“I’m like the tune you can’t forget. Let me hum it for you, Bbbbbb, Pppppp, or Cccccc. Ray loves all three. Catchy, isn’t it?”
“What did you say? I was thinking of Vegas.”
“When are we going?”
“I only bought a plane ticket for one.”
Each of us sees the world a bit differently. Each of us processes information differently. Each of us has a piece of the truth, but not the whole truth. It’s why we need each other. Our differences complement how we think and process. Respecting differences, listening to and learning from each other make our world a better place.