Confusion & Clarity
I was twelve, sitting at the edge of an outdoor public pool and watching the swimmers. Do not think even for a moment that I was so wise as to be sitting on the edge in order to observe and learn! Not at all, the water was too damn cold!
Suddenly, I saw a person who appeared to be drowning. He was bobbing up and down. I could see different body parts thrashing above the water, sometimes an arm, sometimes a leg, and sometimes his face or head, gasping for air or choking on the water. I was about to call the lifesaver when the drowning man suddenly found the bottom of the pool under his feet and with a surprised look on both our faces he stood up. I found he was two meters tall and drowning in one meter of water!
He was embarrassed but we both laughed. It was funny and at the same time, there was a lesson in it to learn. There are so many times in life that we lose sight of the bigger picture of life and ourselves. There are times that we do not recognize our stand and strength in life. There are times that a disaster can be prevented just if we rise a bit higher to the occasion and see what is going on more clearly, rather than getting drown and confused in the situation. If we just take a moment to put our feet on solid ground, our experiences and wisdom can employ a broader perspective about the situation. In this manner we can avoid an unpleasant outcome.