Having just left the medical screening building, I couldn’t help but notice her. Her shoulders were drawn up and her arms were folded. Her nose was turning pink and tears were beginning to fall. A male companion rushed to her side and together they got into her car. She began to sob and her friend’s face told a story of sympathy and helplessness.
Not wanting to be the voyeur in a place I did not belong, I left. But before doing so, I said a prayer for her.
You know, I know there are a lot of people these days who don’t believe in the power of prayer. People who think they are here by chance. That is their prerogative. But if this energy is something given to those who believe or not….I err on the side of the believer.
There have been times in my life, when in breathless panic over something I could not control that was ruining my life, I have turned to prayer. It is the original mindfulness. This mindfulness practice, now very much in vogue, has its participants searching what they have within them. It provides the chance to sit quietly with one’s thoughts and breathe to just to sort out and order feelings.
The thing is, my life is good right now. It took many sessions, but I have entered a new day for me. A period of positivity that, I hope, will sustain me when darker times prevail.
You see, I am not naïve enough to believe that a couple prayers or mindfulness sessions are going to end negative things happening to me. Quite the contrary, it has become a tool with which to do battle. It staves off the panic and the unknown. It gives time to work out problems and to settle and calm oneself.
When people I have known for years talk to me these days, they comment on how much my outlook on life has changed. They are right. I don’t expect the sky to fall anymore. Because when it did, as painful as it was, it changed me for the better. In a turbulent plane or in a conversation with a young person, it is this outlook on life I want to portray. Stuff is going to happen. Bad stuff sometimes.
But it is how you pick up the pieces that gives you the direction you need.
I was up in the night for you, young lady in the parking lot. I couldn’t get you off my mind. I hope you can get some good results from whatever it is you are dealing with, and I will be praying for you from afar.
Until next time,