Circumstances may arise that will shake our world. These circumstances will be the earthquakes of our lives. They will come without warning and will wobble our world off of its axis. Some quakes, will shatter our lives so badly, we will have to rebuild. Some quakes, will shake us into realizations we may need in order to continue on living the life we intend to. We will be unprepared. We will be surprised.
In the unpreparedness, we may allow defeat to make a home inside of us. The reality of rebuilding after a crushing circumstance can seem impossible. It may send us into the abyss of seeing only the problem, completely blind to any solution and we will forget how to find our way out of this abyss.
In the surprise, we may allow fear to drive our ambition. The shock to our system of unforeseen circumstances may cause some anxiety in taking progressive steps toward our desired destination. We may rather be comfortable with fear paralyzing our efforts and standing still than risk taking steps forward.
However, circumstances are not presented to impede our stride towards the goal. They are presented to remind us of our capabilities, to pull us out of the comfort zone of the ordinary. To whisper to us to call upon the hero that is braver than any unexpected or overpowering circumstance, ourselves. We are the hammer in the rebuilding and the driver towards our destination. We are the heroes of our stories. We are the solution. We are the outcome. It is up to us. We can lay down in defeat, or get back up.
The eye is an organ that detects light. It gives us the ability to see light perception, differentiation of colors, and allows for us to perceive depth. Our perception is ignited by the connection of the eyes to the brain by the optic nerve. Anatomically speaking, it is a matter of fact and biology.
We see, a connection is made, we perceive. We judge. We judge based on how our eyes and brain connected what we saw. It is an interdependent relationship we do not notice as much as we should. It is a relationship, which has created our reality. What we see is what is real. What is real is how our brain has welcomed the signal sent through the optic nerve from our eyes.
But what if we challenge the connection? What if we understood what our eyes see is only a part of the equation, and that although 4+5=9, so does 6+3.
What if, instead of seeing a red rose and understanding it as such, we see life?
What if, instead of seeing our neighbor as a stranger, we see a version of ourselves we have the opportunity to acknowledge?
What if, instead of seeing a child, we see an explorer setting off to discover the world?
What if, instead of seeing a picture of planet Earth, we see our home?
What if, instead of seeing our flaws, we see everything that is perfect?
What if, instead of problems, we see opportunities to improve?
What if, instead of hate, we see where love is needed most?
These, “what ifs,” are all part of the reality our eyes see. It is the journey from our seeing to our mind where our opportunity lies to create another reality for ourselves.
I have noticed you have lent your ear to many. You have shared your time without regret. You have allowed for many to lean on your shoulder while they have cried. You have given everything and continue to; without being asked, without expecting anything in return. But you are exhausted. Your cup is slowly becoming empty, but you do not allow anyone to take a peek to see.
I have noticed they come to you for help and you never turn them away. You are present, with the face of a hero. In a cold world, you have set yourself on fire to keep other people warm. And they continue to come to be warmed by you, while ashes begin to appear at your feet.
Your kindness and compassion is admired. It is appreciated. It is so very needed in this world. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself with the rest of us. My hope is kindness and compassion are reciprocated to you when you need it as well, because kindness is most valuable when it is paid forward and finds its way back to us. So I will ask you to extinguish the fire that is reducing yourself to ash. Allow your kindness and compassion to be paid forward and to find its way back to you.