Discussion: Don't Drown in Shallow Water
October 23, 2020
Too many people are drowning in shallow water. I recall many years back being at a youth conference, and a guy slipped and fell into the pond on the campus. He was yelling and screaming, “I can’t swim”. His friend was laughing and the guy got more fearful. “I can’t swim”, he yelled to his friend. The friend yells “man, just stand up”. The guy looked at his friend and stood. When he stood up the water was not even to his knees. I have overheard people I know after I witness that incident saying, “I feel like I’m drowning”. Inside I was yelling “just stand up”. Remember, I mentioned these were people I knew.
I have expressed about fear in the past discussions and how it influences our life. I’ve spoken how fear has a language of its own and is a master storyteller. Fear will masquerade as comfort. Some of us are living the way life is taking us… satisfied. There is nothing wrong with comfort or being satisfied as long as we do not attach regret. What they see in their mind’s eye is still not visible to their naked-eye. Although the picture is still vivid and it stirs their heart when considering what could have been? Think about Winston Churchill's address to “never, never, never give up”. Life can place in our hands more than we can carry and occasionally take from us the little that we had. Don’t hold a negative experience inside of a learning experience. There is invariably a next step.
With each breath we take life says “we can”. The holidays are approaching and some have decided this will be the worst holiday season ever. They have already determined what they can’t do and focusing who they won’t be able to see this holiday seasons. Still excitement is in the air for new beginnings and fresh ideas. There have been many losses this year; yet we have opportunities to keep moving. Release fear and start a new family tradition this season. Don’t neglect to keep a check on the senior members of your family and those who may not be family. I have heard devastating stories about our elderly struggling to survive through the cold months. Meals on Wheels has been affected according to AARP because of the COVID-19, which many senior citizens depend on for their meals.
If you notice someone drowning in shallow water, yell to them to just stand up. If they seem not to hear you, step into the water with them and give them a helping hand. Not only will you be holding someone’s hand, someone is holding you have at the same time.
One of my sister’s husband's 60th birthday was this week. She had family members on his side and our side to write and email to her what he meant to us. She reached out to his friends and business associates to do the same thing, and email her our photos. She put a birthday book with the email and photos, creating for him what they both will cherish for many years. Hand-write a letter to a relative to say how much they mean to you (cards are nice, but a letter). Start now creating your most memorable holiday seasons, which will be remembered for years. Share your idea in the Comment Section for your new holiday’s season tradition.
Thank you for joining me for Friday at Sundown. Remember… Just Breathe!
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