Saturday, August 13, 2016

Adversity

Yesterday as reported by a local news station; in a town nearby, a police officer noticed a younger boy who was out trying to get people to buy some of his toys.  The police officer questioned the boy who was approximately seven as to where is parents might be and why is was selling his toys.  The boy responded that he was hungry and needed money so he could eat.  The police officer took the boy next door to the Subway shop and got the boy fed and listened to his story and took action to take care of this child and subsequently his four brothers at home that were also under fed and not cared for.

That boy like this fairy knew he needed help and went and asked for it.  I wondered why the people passing by this boy didn't call the police in the first place to get this child some help.
How often do others and myself avert our eyes to something troublesome?
I work at being more compassionate and still find myself lacking.  Today I will be on the lookout for just such a situation and help if I can, and if I find myself in a predicament I will remember to ask for some assistance. 


FAIRY Tarot Cards - Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine
Illustrations by Howard David Johnson

6 comments:

  1. Sometimes we have to hear or read something like this to wake up and be more attentive to our fellow man and then we fall asleep again until the next time we hear or read something like this....

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    1. There is so much that needs attention I think a lot of people are becoming hardened off and immune to what they see and hear.

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  2. Wow, that both hurts my heart (for the boy and his siblings) but also warms my heart because of the actions of the police officer. Thanks for the reminder that there is still good all around us - but sometimes we have to look for it!

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    1. There is good everywhere, hopefully all these lessons of violence and madness on the streets and in homes are just the tipping point that we all need to make the change.

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  3. it is a double sided sword, the child or parent can just shout Stranger Danger. I was parked at a grocery store about 25 years ago, reviewing my list, when a woman and two children approached the car next to me. The dead silent children go in the back seat, the woman opened the back hatch, set her grocery sacks down, and proceeded to pull canned goods from them and pitching them at the children. I opened my car door and stepped out, watching her, and she closed the hatch, got in, and drove away. I sometimes wonder should I have been faster, should I have done more, or was this just a mom whose children had acted out in public until her last never broke. Where are those children now, are they now raising their own children like they were raised? On the other hand I met a little girl this week, she was about six years old. She was such a polite child but with an inquiring mind, I actually shook hands with her and told her how much I enjoyed meeting her. When is the last time I ever wanted to shake a child's hand?

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    1. I read a book recently called The Lightkeepers. Biologists working in a remote location. Something happens that changes the balance(no won't say - spoiler alert) but the credo of one of the scientist was non interference. Do we or don't we step in if called for? It is a really challenging decision.

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