There has been much said about failure, by a lot of smart people, over all these years. But, one stands out for me tonight. “Your attitude towards failure determines your altitude after failure.” — John C. Maxwell
But I will get back to that Epic Fail in a moment.
A few days ago, a video went viral. Well… videos go viral every day. It is kind of a weird phenomenon we humans take part in.
Anyway, the video, to which I speak, is one of a little fawn. He was drowning in a pond in New York. A Golden Retriever, named Storm, jumped into the water, swam out to the fawn, gently grabbed him, and pulled him back to land. To safety. To life.
That dog showed WAY more than intelligence. He showed compassion, caring, sympathy, for another living being. Kindness.
And this day. As the Beatles sang…”I read the news today, oh boy.” There was a story about five teenage boys. At a pond in Florida. And in that pond, a man was drowning. They decided to take a video of that man fighting for his last breath of life. They did not help him. Instead, they jeered.
In the more than two-minute long video, those kids — who are between the ages of 14 and 16 — can be heard laughing as the man struggles to stay afloat. On the video, you can hear the teens warning the man that he was “going to die”— and told him they were not going to help. At one point, one of the teen boys can be heard laughing, saying “he dead.”
The police have said they will not be charged, as they did not break any laws.
I disagree. They broke the highest law of all. A spiritual law of the most virtuous sort.
A Golden Retriever had more kindness and compassion than those five humans.
And this. Another day, when I am completely amazed by the working of this world. Astounded.
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
― Albert Einstein
When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa