Dear world, Kindly get your priorities in order...
I came across this photo editorial
and was blown back into my seat, topled over, and smashed into the wall behind me. My latte in tact, my hi-speed internet connection still buzzing, and Manhattan still teaming with life 40 floors below me.
The caption to this photo was sobering beyond belief; "The night before the burial of her husband's body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of 'Cat,' and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. 'I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,' she said. 'I think that's what he would have wanted.'
How much they've sacrificed for me, and how little I've done in return. Shame on me.
While scenarios like this play out every day
in Anytown, USA, the Paktika Province, Ju?rez, Mosul, and too many other cities, the blissfully unaware (or intentionally ignoring) masses go on about their Twitter drama and partisan quibbles.
I'm as guilty as anyone.
Man is inherently good. Man, as a species, wants to do right. But focus is lost, greed has overwhelmed us, and our fellow man has become tertiary. Regardless of your religion, or lack thereof, step back. Step back and look at the bigger picture. Look at how small the bigger picture is. Look how your mild prejudice and slight bias is destroying us.
There is no Pulitzer Prize winning revelation here, just a desire to help wake you up... if only for one Friday, and see how your inaction is destroying your fellow man. You know your influence in your own space. You know how actors on your stage relate to one another, and to you. Bend the curve just a little. Do it now. Bend it a little toward what is right, regardless how it influences your latte, or your portfolio, or your position in the congregation hierarchy.
Do something small and right today. Don't tell anyone. Just take one small step to heal. Forget yesterday. Just work on right now and do one, tiny, little, thing right. Maybe start by thanking those who help you, and don't know you. Thank their families.
Then, try it again, the next day... just one little thing. At all costs, do not keep score. Change your mindset a bit, and your life will improve more from this, than any diet, religion, relationship, or anything else.
If you don't think you matter and if you don't think change is urgent, then we're already doomed. You have the ability to alter this outcome. Change comes from within, and comes from you.
Katherine Cathey and her husband
Todd Heisler won the Pulitzer Prize for this photo where, on the night before the burial of her husband, Katherine Cathey asked to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. "I think that's what he would have wanted" she said. | Photo: Todd Heisler | Katherine Cathey, Todd Heisler, Pulitzer Prize, Soldier, War, Loss, Death, Sorrow,