Quote of the Day – November 30 2012

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.”
― Charles de Lint

Today  I had the fortune to meet a friend with whom I’ve communicated for the last year or two mainly on Face Book, Trevor Eyster. I always find it interesting meeting someone I’ve only known through social media and videos because it always has an unknown quality to it. In this case I felt comfortable very quickly. We had an enjoyable lunch and conversation. Trevor has been working hard at finding ways of turning people into angels Please take a moment and check out the …and then Angels Descended web site for the details.

Anyway Trevor told me a story that I wanted to share with you. It illustrates the different ways the intention to help can manifest and some of the roadblocks along the way. I hope I do the story justice here.

Trevor and Jake were hiking one day in a mountainous area. They saw a guy across a large gap who had climbed up between two waterfalls and had gotten stuck, unable to get down. As Trevor was preparing to call 911, they saw a man come by with a rope. Trevor called to him to help but the guy replied that he had to get home to dinner and since the hiker had gotten himself up there, surely he could get down again. So even tho he had a rope he would just be on his way.

Soon after that some kids came by wanting to know what they could do to help. Trevor asked them if they had a rope but unfortunately they didn’t. Trevor was struck by the contrast of the man who had the means to help but not the willingness and the kids who had the willingness but not the means. He knew that with rope they could easily get the guy to safety 

Trevor called 911 and twenty minutes later, a helicopter came by making such a forceful wind that it nearly blew the guy who was stuck off the mountain. Trevor and Jake had to duck for cover to avoid flying debris. The helicopter was followed by several ambulances, police and reduce cars etc. Where all that was needed was a few men and a rope, here almost more damage was done by the very people who might have been able to help out. It struck me as Trevor was recounting this part of the story that this was a pretty typical institutional response. In the case of a happening, the procedure is b with no account taken for any individual situation. We respond this way with no room for critical thinking at all.

So then when you want to help people, how do you avoid either being unwilling, unable or too  invested in a rigid response system?

Blessings, G

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Angelic
Angelic by G A Rosenberg

Icarus Transmuted

Transfigured by G A Rosenberg

0 thoughts on “Quote of the Day – November 30 2012”

  1. my answer is you do help. you don’t walk away when you have the means to a successful rescue. as a college kid I did something without thinking and ended up scaring all my friends. even I started shaking after I realized what I had done. but I still would have proceeded with my action. a man was on top 125th street station outside on platform. nyc harlem. he was standing there dazed. there was a much younger man with a knife who kept jabbing him with a switchblade. he was drawing blood. without thought for anything but stopping this horrendous action, I rushed out onto the platform, yelled at the younger man to stop and then chased him down the platform onto the tracks where he proceeded to run away. I went back to the almost unconscious man and told him I was going to get help. I ran back down the stairs from where I came and reported the incident to a police man. he took over from there. I waited for the next train. I missed mine and when my friends called the nyc police to report me missing they told them I was involved in a mugging. no details. imagine what they are all thinking. I got lectures when I finally was met by my friend at the train. she asked me what was I thinking. that’s just it, I wasn’t thinking, I was trying to save somebody’s life. there wasn’t anything else I could have done but what I did. they kept telling me that he could have turned the knife on me. that never once occurred to me. I did what had to be done. I rescued a man that at any moment could have received a fatal blow. he never knew who saved him that day. that was alright, I would have done it anyway. you have to. j.k ps. that’s what I think. that’s what I say. great images. the top an angel. angels I think possess and carry us through in what we need and have to do.

    1. and in that you show the Angelic side of yourself. Doing what you can, making a difference in the moment because you can. Thank you for being 🙂

  2. The problem or situation always has a magnitude and technicality, that has to match with our capacity. Willingness, is a must for even if our personal capacity is inadequate, we may get help from other resources. The focus is not who helped and how, it is whether help reached in time. For, situations and people are all variables.

    1. YES, exactly and thus we handle the variables that we have control of and make the world better rather than be apathetic. Thanks

  3. Namaste G,
    Thank you for sharing Trevor’s website with us. You are truly an Earth Angel.
    Your ‘Transfigured’ artwork is lovely. Thank you for sharing your art with us. I believe that many Earth Angels are ready to be awakened. Keep on expanding your wings, G.
    Sending Reiki blessings to you and yours,
    Agnes

    1. Thank you as always and blessings to you of course always…
      And Then Angels Descended (Trevor’s site and organization) is such a simple and brilliant idea and a way for so many to make a difference in each other’s lives that I can’t say enough about….

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