Elizabeth Gilbert 652 words, 20K views, 17 comments
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On May 17, 2022Kristin Pedemonti wrote :
Such a wise and empathetic bus driver! Illumination means to me sharing our light and love with others especially when times are dark. When another is dark, we can be the light to re-ignite their spark. Given the example above, I recall being on the New York City subway rush hour, the train was packed with people. A very muscular large man was standing by the doors when another equally large muscular man got onto the train and bumped into the first man. In moments there were yelling at each other, shoving each other. No one did anything. People stared at the floor, their shoes. Some whispered, "someone should do something." I realized that someone was me. I reached into my bag and pulled out a small bottle of bubbles. In the Before Times I always had my bubbles and my Free Hugs sign. I stood up and took a step inbetween the 2 men and I smiled. Then I blew bubbles. Within 4 seconds flats, both men were laughing and popping bubbles. I reached into my bag and handed each man a small bottle of bubbles, smiled and went back to my seat. By now the entire car was smiling and laughing and clapping. It was a beautiful reminder of be the light.
What helps me be light in difficult situations is to not make assumptions and to remember each of us has so many layers of context of our lives, this helps bring out empathy.
I hope this brought a little light to you.
On May 17, 2022David Doane wrote :
What you did was great -- as good as the bus driver story
On May 17, 2022Gururaj wrote :
The key moment was... " I realised that someone was me "...
Most folks do not cross that step. Whenever ( not often enough) that i have taken that step, it always is helpful to all in the situation