Last week I was fascinated and touched by the story of “The Angel of the Gap”, Don Ritchie. He passed away at 85 years old, after many years of living near the Gap, a beautiful cliff top place in Watsons Bay in Sydney that is unfortunately also a place where people go at their darkest moment to end their lives. It is reported that he saved hundreds of people by holding out a hand of help, inviting them back to his home for a cuppa. What an inspiring story, was it an accident that he lived there? I don’t think so.
Sometimes in life we get so caught up in our “stuff”, that we don’t notice the angels who are walking amongst us. Some of these people are well known figures in history such as Mother Theresa but many are overlooked. It is the school kid at the checkout in the supermarket telling you excitedly about his plans for the future, the lady sitting next to you at the bus stop who tells you her inspiring story, the guy at the pub who gives you some hope, the person who looked at you and smiled on the street, the song that just started playing on the radio and touched your heart or the colleague who listens to you when you are having a bad day.
I recently saw a post on facebook, someone who was annoyed at being “matched up” by people to help her find a partner because God was going to arrange this for her, she didn’t need man to butt in. I wonder how many people are out there waiting for their perfect match to arrive gift wrapped as part of a lighting bolt! I think we need to remember to “get out of our own heads” occasionally, look up, get a breath of fresh air and see what is right in front of you. Opportunities for “magic” are happening all the time, you just need to look for them.
Regardless of your religious beliefs or lack thereof, if you look for it in this life, there is much beauty. Don’t just look for proof that the world is all bad, if that is what you look for that is exactly what you will find; and unfortunately bad news sells so it is what you will see from most media outlets, most of the time. In the famous words of Mahatma Gandhi “you must be the change you want to see in the world“. You may never see the results of what you do as clearly as talking someone down from a cliff, it doesn’t mean that you cannot profoundly change somebody’s life for the better, just by being present with them in some small way!