"…And so one season passes to another. We sail on, with strong memories of such things at our backs, as the wind." Jose D. (4-25-2011)
It’s not hard to look around you and find somebody putting up a great fight against whatever life is throwing at them. However, it’s just as easy to find someone weary of their battles. Either person can snatch you into their shoes mentally. The insensitive can easily turn away into ignorance and get on with their lives. The judgmental will find a reason to turn away. The compassionate will hang ten on the emotional wave. Only those of true heart will seek a way towards interaction and attempt to help. It is always best to think things thru a bit before acting though, but don’t wait too long. With even one foot in their shoes you might well be ‘seeing the light’.
Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall. This writer is no exception. For now I’ll leave my own problems to the side. I’ll set them down and step back, way back! Looking around I see many people. They all have their problems but it’s not easy to see who has it the worst. My cup of advice overflows but pouring it out is a task I never take lightly.
I’ve given much attention to my fellow humans at length and I See some who re-live their problems on a day-to-day or moment-to-moment basis. They seem to thrive on grinding their problems in a mill that regurgitates them back onto their plate of life. From there they must eventually re-masticate them once again in all their cartilaginous and sinew ridden toughness. It’s sometimes sheer luck if a window ever opens into which advice or even help can be thrown, heaved, or shoveled. In most cases the problem or problems have choked back the inner soul and not much room for mental maneuvers is left. I’m saddened to no end in observance of such individuals. Patience is always the first can to open and one can is usually never enough.
There are those who carry some of their problems with them thru their entire lives. They get thru many with ease, good judgment, luck, and earned wisdom. Some of their problems, however, never get solved, never really evolve into softer hardships, and become thorns that scratch at everyone around them. The insensitive label them as those you can ‘see coming from a mile away’. Many of their acquaintances ran out of patience long ago and very little compassion flows towards them from anyone. My patience rarely runs out but I know not how many years of the stuff I actually have. It does readily come in handy for such people.
Another type of person can take on a small problem and inflate it, either thru their’ own doing, or by buying in too easily to other peoples quickly rendered advice. The ‘mole-hill’ becomes a ‘mountain’ and they soon find themselves floundering at sea. Like a panicked drowning victim they can take you down with them if you’re not careful. They can also become stuck in a perpetual loop with a problem. They reach out for advice from everyone and right after it is rendered they return to the beginning of the problem and tell the whole story again as if their needle has jumped the groove. Check your tank of patience and adjust the flow accordingly.
These few ‘tips of icebergs’ are only drops in a bucket. They can be solvent enough to flow into one another in many ways. There are no laws governing how people will deal with their problems. How we deal with the problems of others is always up to us and we must never let popular opinion steer us in any regards concerning these matters. Problems are simply the chaos that results from the task we all must perform each day. That task is called ‘existing’.
Living is a blessing. Existing is what we struggle to achieve and maintain from moment to moment. Being human is a grand adventure. Naysayers and pessimists are simply disenchanted. They’ve lost sight of where wisdom comes from and what we are supposed to do with it.
I don’t really like being asked for advice. I need time to make a wise decision about what advice to give and how to disseminate it. Having to give the same advice to the same person more than once is alright by me. After four or five times the tone of my voice might change.
If you don’t have the time to wait for the advice you’ve asked for then you are trying to live your life, or day, way too fast. Slow down and breathe deeply. Clear your mind and see if you can ask me again. I’ll still be thinking about your request. Sloshing my can of patience about is always ‘enlightening’ to me.
Where did I set those problems down? Ah. Here they are. Look at their hungry little beaks. They’re baby birds fallen from their nest. I got a big bag of worms in my back pocket just for them. I’ll bet you can’t guess who’ll be eating who come feeding time? Look at that. One up and died while I wasn’t looking. I’ll just toss it out. There. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some existing to do.
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