As I write this article, it is August 1, 2021, there was six hundred, (600) people shot in Chicago in the month of July in a once-great and proud city known as Chicago. I thought about the officers who have to consistently taste, smell, and see the countless evil at every crime scene seen daily.
We are human and can become completely overwhelmed. We must be reminded to slow down and not take ourselves too seriously.
Let me tell you a story…
A young successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Mercedes Benz. He was watching out for kids darting out from parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick hit the passenger door of his Mercedes! He slammed on the breaks and circled back to the spot where he thought the brick had been thrown.
He jumped out of the car, grabbed some kid, and pushed him up against the parked car shouting, “What was that all about and what do you think you are doing?” Building up a head of steam, he went on. This is a new car, and that brick you threw left a nice dent on my Fucking door. Why did you do it?
“Please mister, Please! I’m sorry, I didn’t know what else to do”, pleaded the young kid. I threw the brick because nobody else would stop. Tears were going down his face and he said, “I didn’t know what else to do!” He pointed around the car and said, “It is my brother”, he said. “He rolled off of the curb and fell out of his wheelchair. He’s paralyzed, and I can’t lift him up”.
Sobbing, the boy asked the man, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt, and he’s too heavy for me”.
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He lifted the young man back into his wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the small cuts and scrapes, checking to see if everything was going to be okay? The brother said, “Thank you so much and I am so sorry for trying to get your attention the only way I knew”.
The boy started to walk his brother down the street; it was a long walk back to his Mercedes. A long, slow walk. He never did repair that dent on the door. He kept the dent to remind himself not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.
If you slow down and listen, you can hear the good Lord whisper to you sometimes. Sometimes while running to make a living, we’re too busy to listen, and he has to throw a brick at us to slow us down.
Some thoughts to ponder….
- You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.
- Be thankful for what you have, don’t stress or worry about what don’t.
- Take time to laugh, for it’s the music of the soul.
- We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.
- Happiness is enhanced by others but does not depend upon others.
- For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose sixty seconds of happiness that you can never get back.
- Do what you can for whom you can with what you have. In life, when you bring sunshine to others, it shines upon you too and makes you feel warm inside.
Summer is almost over, don’t forget to take a few moments each day to share some time and a good laugh with your loved ones – you both deserve it.
Brian T. Mc Vey
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