|"A flower does not think of competing
to the flower next to it.
It just blooms."
~ Zen Shin
An Angel Encounter....
You be the judge.
Life's a little thing! Robert Browning once wrote. But a little thing can mean a life. Even two lives. How well I remember. Two years ago in downtown Denver my friend, Scott, and I saw something tiny and insignificant change the world, but no one else even seemed to notice.
It was one of those beautiful Denver days. Crystal clear, no humidity, not a cloud in the sky. We decided to walk the ten blocks to an outdoor restaurant rather than take the shuttle bus that runs up and down the Sixteenth Street Mall. The restaurant, in the shape of a baseball diamond, was called The Blake Street Baseball Club. The tables were set appropriately on the grass infield. Many colorful pennants and flags hung limply overhead. As we sat outside, the sun continued to beat down on us, and it became increasingly hot. There wasn't a hint of a breeze, and heat radiated up from the tabletop. Nothing moved, except the waiters, of course. And they didn't move very fast, either.
After lunch Scott and I started to walk back up the mall. We both noticed a mother and her young daughter walking out of a card shop toward the street. She was holding her daughter by the hand while reading a greeting card. It was immediately apparent to us that she was so engrossed in the card that she did not notice a shuttle bus moving toward her at a good clip. She and her daughter were one step away from disaster when Scott started to yell.
He hadn't even gotten a word out when a breeze blew the card out of her hand and over her shoulder. She spun around and grabbed at the card, nearly knocking her daughter over. By the time she picked up the card from the ground and turned back around to cross the street, the shuttle bus had whizzed by her. She never even knew what almost happened. To this day two things continue to perplex me about this event. Where did that one spurt of wind come from to blow the card out of that young mother's hand? There had not been a whisper of wind at lunch or during our long walk back up the mall. Secondly, if Scott had been able to get his words out, the young mother might have looked up at us as they continued to walk into the bus. It was the wind that made her turn back to the card - in the one direction that saved her life and that of her daughter. The passing bus did not create the wind. On the contrary, the wind came from the opposite direction. I have no doubt it was a breath from God protecting them both. But the awesomeness of this miracle is that she never knew.
As we continued back to work, I wondered how God often acts in our lives without our being aware. The difference between life and death can very well be a little thing.
Miracles often blow unseen through our lives
Shine Your light
In those moments when darkness comes, shine your light. In those moments when your heart feels pain, shine your light. In those moments when everything around you shakes your foundations, shine your light. In those moments when you feel no hope, shine your light.
My beautiful friend, you can travel the world seeking answers from others but in the end, the only answer you will ever need is within you – only you have the strength to clear away all the darkness that may surround you, and it’s only ever you who truly knows how you feel. It’s only ever you who can make the decision to brighten your life; you are the key to all that is you, and you are the flame that shines so brightly. Inside yourself is more power than you could imagine so today, switch on your light and let no person and no thought stop you ever again.
Make a decision right now – go for a walk in nature and sit down and say these words: “Everything that I have been through and everything I have ever experienced has been for my higher learning. However painful and challenging it has been, it has made me who I am and who I am about to become. Today I will simply smile, pat myself on the back and let it all go with love – and no anger or sadness.”
Do this today because it’s your moment to live the powerful and beautiful life you always asked for. This is it – today is the day, and this is your moment to shine and watch what happens to your life. Above all else, never forget that the suffering you have gone through is the measuring stick which will show you just how powerfully your amazing light will shine.
By placing your own happiness above all things, you will shine a most powerful light for others to become that very same light. But without realising it, by placing your worries and fears above all things, you can so easily throw a dark shadow towards others and keep them from shining.
Please think about it for a while and then make that change. You are the most powerful energy in this world, so what do you truly want to send others through your thoughts? The secret is to trust in everyone and see them smiling and happy, knowing that whatever anyone is going through, you still believe in them and a positive outcome. Now go and shine that beautiful light of yours and tell your mind to shut up!