Motivations can be mysterious and illusive. As obvious and clear as they may appear in others, Life reminds me that I may not be seeing the full story. A friend commented over a long conversation last night that one of his abilities was to see life from another’s viewpoint.
“I am able to see life from their perspective. Except for one circumstance, I can accept that it is their view without applying judgment. From my experience, people can sense my understanding. It is a wonderful invitation to a greater conversation.”
Given his ability to talk with anyone anywhere and in any situation, the explanation makes sense. He is interesting to talk to. I have never felt judged, even when it is clear that he has a different perspective.
The soft colors of the tropical morning remind me that we share much in common. Life suggests there is more in common than what separates us. Our longing for community and sense of belonging is universal. Our shared response to hope and love is diverse and yet it binds us in a way that we can tangibly feel. Pain and tragedy touch all without consideration or thought.
A rhetorical question was left with us in an old story; “Do you think I was just trying to act heroic when I fought the wild beasts at Ephesus, hoping it wouldn’t be the end of me? Not on your life!” (1 Corinthians 15.31) Given the centuries since it was written, how could I disagree with him? I am left with the question of what I would have done.
Given your circumstances, who am I to judge your response? Life invites me to look beyond whatever I might think and to join your story. If I do, bringing love, compassion, and mercy with me, the possibilities of hope coming alive are endless! Everyone is human; we fail and stumble in equal measure. The moment past is for learning. The present is for a window of invitation available to each, an opportunity to present gifts of understanding, patience, and a helping hand.