Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Don't Pity That Man

You may find it pitiable to watch that man suffer. You may feel sorrow as he stumbles while trying to walk, searching for a footing or a handhold, his ever constant stare gazing ahead, unbroken, facing forward. No smile will interrupt the moment. Happy children dashing about may only elicit a stern warning for caution or restraint. Beautiful scenes pass in front of him yet there is never a pause for admiration.

There is nothing you can do to break his focus while danger still prevails, under the guise of happy frolicking and carefree wandering. Your joy is his fear; your wonder is his peril. Joy and wonder are yours to enjoy, as is the time you have with him. Nothing should change your moment. Your feelings of peace, beauty, and awe should never be conditional upon others, especially that man.

Don't pity that man, for it takes away from that which you have earned. If he knew you lost a bit of joy, he would lament over what he's taken from you. Enjoy yourself! Enjoy what is in front of you: nature, the children, that man.

As for that man, do not worry for he is happy. Take solace in what his stern appearance represents. His focus is only in anticipation his next step, so he can assure the wonder and amazement he feels will continue. He is with you, maybe doing what he shouldn't do or couldn't do but only because of your presence. No moments of his contain anger. Focus and warnings are only measures to preserve this for him.

Preserving the moment, enjoying the beauty all around, and expressing wonder are simply too much to focus on simultaneously. Expressions are expendable when the preservation of the other two are concerned. Without preservation, without enjoyment, none of the other exist.

In time, he will share his joy. When he does, those emotions may be again subdued by focus on the moment at hand, or the next movement, or the next... It is the greatest loss burdening that man who suffers. For most, enjoyments of the world invariably elicit a need to share. That man who suffers is different. He can preserve the moment only if he focuses on dangers lying ahead. He can enjoy the moment only as long as he can preserve it, as long as his demons don’t take it away from him. He will express wonderment only when the fears of failing to preserve subside. Those fears rarely do. Those fears always return.

But please, never give up on that man. Never feel pity when sharing your moments with him. The excitement of reaching, of experiencing the next wonder, is the only reason he continues to search and stare ahead.

That man who suffers isn't suffering at all. I assure you. He is grateful, for he has a chance. He is thankful you are with him.
 ~ that man

The fight is not over and it won’t be over until a cure is found.
It will never stop…nor will we
It will never quit…nor will we
This is why we fight!

Never Stop… Never Quit…®
Kevin Byrne
Portland, OR

Never Stop... Never Quit... Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.

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