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A Cheap Poster Started It

Updated on September 18, 2012

Encounter At the Bus Stop

The other day I needed to take a bus. Approaching the bus stop, I immediately focused on the trash strewn all around with no receptacle in sight. Bottles, wrappers, cups, bags and empty cigarette boxes were definitely out of place in the otherwise pleasant surroundings.

"What a shame!" I thought. Perhaps the store selling these items adjacent to the bus stop would care to take responsibility for handling the littering problem on an on-going basis. Obviously, someone needs to care. I decided I’d mention it first to the store manager and see where that goes.

While mulling this over in my mind, two men approached where I was standing. One outgoing fellow pointed to the poster hanging at the bus stop shelter. He asked jokingly, "Is that you skydiving?"

I turned around to see a woman on the poster who had apparently just taken the plunge in a solo skydiving adventure. The aerial view included the eye-catching, sprawling landscape below. I smiled and responded, "No, that’s not me, but there are some definite similarities."

Surprised, he responded, "Oh, so you skydive?"

"No," I said. "But you notice how she is looking down and smiling. It’s definitely from a vantage point to see the bigger picture. I try to see that bigger picture each day."

"That’s quite interesting!" he said looking at me with a knitted brow, trying to figure out where I was going with this.

I quickly glanced at my watch and noticed we had about five minutes until the bus arrived. That’s enough time to get into some targeted conversation. So, I began with a thought on the bigger picture being the entire universe.

After a slight pause, I pointed to the poster and said: "Seeing that skydiver looking down makes me think of a verse in the Bible at Isaiah 55:9 where it says ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’ Albert Einstein alluded to that fact when he said, ‘I want to know God’s thoughts…..the rest are details.’"

"Wow, that’s a thought worth pursuing!" he commented.

"I’m sure you’ll agree that we live in a world where stress is getting the better of people, and there are diverse conditions of serious concern in every phase of life. It helps to stand back and reflect upon the way mankind is living and how we’ve reacted throughout history. Whole civilizations have come and gone, on both shaky and solid foundations. History can teach us many lessons."

He responded, "Wow, there's a lot of deep thoughts coming to the table so early in the morning, and I was just making a joke. But, this is good; we should think about these things and don’t seem to make time for them."

"Are you sorry you asked me if I skydive?" I smiled and laughed.

He laughed with me. The other gentleman had long since turned around, not wishing to be a part of the conversation. "No, actually you gave me some things to ponder today."

"As a natural health consultant and coach, I teach others to develop a holistic view, in health and life. We can get so caught up in narrow details, we miss the big picture. Take the human body for example-- by God's Grand design we see the awesome innate ability to heal. When we truly get that, the desire to take responsibility to build and maintain health each day becomes a no-brainer."

The bus pulled up, we smiled and nodded to each other. Going our respective ways, I wondered if a seed was planted.


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      6 years ago

      Susanne, I love how you took the opportunity to provide valuable food for thought to the manager. A seed was planted! :)

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      Billy Johnson 

      6 years ago

      Nice and WELL stated as always Susanne. Like the man who turned away--sooooo many do. I feel and pray for them.


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