It was a Sunday afternoon in Luzern when the epiphany rolled into the living room. I had been looking at Facebook. It was just a quick session (which is the best kind I think) – I read a few comments people had written in response to some photos I’d posted and I replied to them and left a few likes and comments myself (you know how it goes) – but I came back to my desk feeling a deep sense of love and appreciation for ALL the people in my life. I was in awe of how awesome everyone is – the people I see regularly, the ones who I used to see, the ones who I only know from online spaces, the ones who I feel like I know but don’t know me. EVERYONE. Now you already know how much I love you if you read My Love Letter To You and I know you must feel the same people love as I do because it was my most popular blog post to date. See how many incredible people there are ? There’s you, there’s me. That’s it right there…
It got me thinking about how PEOPLE ARE EVERYTHING. People have the power to make or break your day and knowing this, you can use your power for good if you so choose.
I know what you’re thinking, ‘Oh look, here she comes… Is it Idealistic Wednesday already?’ But listen … It’s like Santa Clause – it’s fun to believe! Good people abound – if we look for them, we’ll find them. But that’s not where my Christmas metaphor ends…
We are each other’s angels and messengers and we have the power to heal one another.
(Just like in those sappy heart-warming holiday movies)
Have you ever thought about how a happy barista has the power to brighten so many people’s mornings? Smiles and casual jokes and good coffee -do they mean anything?
You have probably heard about the Butterfly Effect. In any case, an official-sounding word from Wiki :
“In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane’s formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks earlier.”
Now I promise not to mention saving the world, but as the story goes, you never know how a small act of kindness might become a hurricane of sorts. Each one of us is having an effect on the world (i.e. each other) because we are so interconnected.
The internet amplifies this by a zillion. We now have the power to reach into each other’s lives at any time of day, without even moving our arses off the couch. This is why I am a blogger for peace. I am peacing my ride here. I am peacing for peace like Crater Face was racing for pink (except I will win). And while you may be thinking I live a Truman Show fantasy existence, I am going to keep pimping for peace.
We are imprinting on Facebook, on blogs, on Youtube, on Instagram – never before has it been so easy – never before have we been touched by so many (go ahead, enjoy the visual). We are touching and being touched, like a teenager carried by a thousand hands at a Metallica concert. That’s each of us!
We’re in a constant state of giving and receiving – even if we don’t believe our lives mean anything. We all count. All our little lives moving together and apart and together again in our big and powerful ocean.
There are a helluva lotta quotable quotes to be found on our power and interconnectedness and I’m sure you have just as many stories. Let me tell you a big one now…
It was a beautiful hot start of summer night and we’d been at a picnic with the theatre group…
I’ll let Avi take over from here,
“David and I were on our way to the car when he heard a young boy (maybe 12 or younger) by the boat docks screaming to call the ambulance. We saw a woman holding on to the dock partly submerged in water while her husband and daughter with a dog were still trying to steer the boat back to the dock. David ran to help get the woman out of water…only when he pulled her out did we realize that her left leg was shredded at the thigh and most of her calf. She was bleeding profusely from her femoral artery which was ruptured. Her muscles were hanging out like torn fabric and her tendon was completely exposed. Of course David sprung into action and used the cable on the dock to form a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. It didn’t at first, so he put a lot of pressure on her thigh with his hands and asked me to push into her wounds with a towel. Somebody called the ambulance while we were trying to stop the bleeding. David was able to stop the bleeding fairly quickly after that. After talking to the woman we learn’t that her name is “Anna”. She is 47 and she and her family are from Belgium. After about 10 minutes ( I am sure it must have felt like an eternity to her and her family), the ambulance arrived and the paramedics took over. I am not sure if I believe in fate but it sure was an unbelievable coincidence that David was there at the moment it happend. He knew exactly what to do and he kept Anna very calm by taking charge. With the amount of blood coming out of her wounds she would have bled to death in a few minutes.”
All the while I was right by taking these sunset photos, David and Avi were saving somebody’s life!
Fate or unbelievable coincidence? PEOPLE! That’s my answer…
The right person in the right place at the right time. David just happened to be a surgeon’s assistant from America and knew what he was doing. I know there are many times that people are not enough to save a life, but it’s comforting to know it does happen.
David and Avi tried to contact the hospital and find out if Anna’s leg had been saved, but the staff were unhelpful and wouldn’t give out information because they weren’t ‘family’. They tried again and left their number but didn’t hear back. Two months later, our theatre director was at an event where she overheard the women next to her mentioning an Anna who was just starting to walk again. Miraculously of course, it was the very Anna who had been saved by David and had been trying to contact them (the hospital hadn’t passed on the number. Through Charlie they could now get in contact.
(And I could devote a whole chapter of my story to all the opportunities Charlie has gifted me. She is some kind of magic)
PEOPLE! PEOPLE! PEOPLE! Oh the tangled web we weave…
I freaking love synchronicity too. Synchronicity, first described by Carl Jung, is the experience of two events occurring which are meaningfully related. It is seen as a meaningful coincidence and does not compete with the concept of causality because it does not need an explanation. It simply states that the two events are connected.
(Do I sound smart? I copied it from Wiki)
I feel synchronicity when someone says what I need to hear or recommends a book I need to read – and this often comes online – usually from blogs or being on mailing lists. But it still comes back to PEOPLE. It’s not like the birds are delivering the money and the sausages (it’s a Swiss thing). Well, not normally anyway. I’d need to write another blog post about that.
All this talk about manifesting and living your life’s purpose and making your dreams come true – PEOPLE make it possible.
People give us jobs, opportunities, money, knowledge, homes, food , music, entertainment, beauty, books, art and even cars (if you’re Oprah) and they help us to find peace, happiness, comfort, love and so much more. We can lift a soul or be the right person at the right time. We’ll be doing it even if we don’t know it.
So give love to your baristas – they’re an important chain in the link. Same for the bus-drivers, waiters and music-makers. They may not be saving the planet Tom Cruise style or having peace talks with Obama, but they have the power to bring comfort and light to the people in their world. a stranger. Just like us.