January 14, 2015, Prescott- Those who know me in Prescott, know I have been paying back the kindness of strangers from 2011, by taking a man who is down on his luck from one place to another, over the past four weeks, as my own obligations allow. It’s worked for him, thankfully, though he’s run into one road block after another, in trying to secure a residence. My lease doesn’t allow me to put up anyone who doesn’t have a domicile of their own, but he’s been in out of the cold, one place or another, elsewhere.
The man has tried to obtain government assistance, only to be told that others worse off are getting priority. Yesterday, we came within five minutes of getting him a rental, only to be pushed aside by another person flashing a wad of cash. This was not exactly a case of the Golden Rule of Greed: “He who has the gold, rules”. It did get me to thinking, though. Competition, real or perceived, has been the source of so many divisions in the world, from time immemorial.
This, to me, comes from a scarcity mentality coupled with a personal sense of urgency. I have fallen for both unfortunate fancies, which of course ended with blaming the other, raging against “the system” and hiding in a corner. I am reading a book called “The Slight Edge”, by Jeff Olson. In the chapter I read most recently, it’s pointed out that one may take either of two approaches to a failure or setback: Move forward and try again and again, as an infant does when learning to walk, or move backward, and settle for obscurity.
In reality, there is enough to go around. Some may have to wait for a re-supply of certain things, be it money, a certain kind of food, a particular model of car or a job. The necessities of life, however, do, from my experience and observation, appear to those who are persistent and proactive. That may sound like balderdash to those who are suffering. Look around, though, and examine three things: 1. How much are you doing to further your own well-being and how flexible are you in doing so? 2. If there is a roadblock, is it something artificial or bureaucratic? If so, have you explored all ways around, under, over or through the barrier? Have you met the bureaucrats involved, starting with the low person on the totem pole, and working upwards as needed? 3. Are there, in fact, other people who are more in need than you, and are you prepared to wait your turn, within reason?
I have had to recognize this fact: God and the Universe meet everyone’s needs. That we can’t all have what we want, simultaneously, but do have our needs met in a timely fashion (unless we interfere in the affairs of the Celestial), is a logical result of living in the physical frame. The queue is a democratic, and fair, system. It is worth honouring.