One of the various, or rather SIX human needs which we value so much is certainty. This is the only need which people constantly crave for, yet once it is taken away from us we sit in agony as if life had just passed us by. But really, did life pass us by or did we MAKE it pass by?
I woke up yesterday morning to take the direct train from Perugia to Rome. The weather was almost perfect; somewhat sunny, somewhat cloudy, a few drops of rain here and there, and the temperature wasn’t too cold. I could feel the wind brushing into the slightly warm sun rays as it touched my skin soothingly. It felt so serene. Yet, my mind was troubled to a certain extent that it held me back from enjoying that beautiful day.
I sat in silence on my seat and watched the world go by; birds, trees, lakes, bridges, skies, mountains… All the surreal exquisite environments of nature had taken a part of my visual memory. It was too beautiful. Yet, again, I was still troubled. I was thinking of my life, my family, my “problems, and so on. And to add to that, I had called up a friend and listened to her as she described a certain challenge she is facing at the moment. At that moment, it seemed like the world was about to fall on both our shoulders; that life is SUCH a burden on all of us. I proceeded after the telephone call to look for evidence that people were unhappy, and behold, I found unhappy people on the train. The REALITY, however, was that my mind SAW all kinds of people, but since my FOCUS was on “unhappiness”, my mind searched for that evidence regardless of what it saw.
As the train arrived at Roma Termini, people crumbled up at the edge of each cabin in hope that they would leave as quickly as possible. It’s quite the funny sight especially when you just stand there at the end watching everyone fight for the exit when in reality nothing changes. They will all end up leaving the train slower than they would if they had formed a nice, simple, and organized line. Then it hit me: “How’s that for a metaphor about our thoughts? Take each thought as simply as possible and organize them 1 by 1 and you’ll eventually get things done.” But that’s a different subject.
As I left the train, I witnessed what seemed to be heartbreaking scene: A teenage blind girl coming out of the train with a cane all by herself. What struck me was her attitude. She was blissful, smiling, and confident! She took her steps off the train one by one and smiled at how she softly landed her feet on the ground giving herself the assurance and CERTAINTY that no matter how uncertain she is about what could happen next, she will still push through and never let anything stop her from going wherever she wanted. She stood there in silence for a few moments and lifted up her head as if she was reaching out to her Creator for gratitude, then took a deep breath, filled her body with the purity of fresh air, grabbed her cane with firmness, and walked a few steps forward until she had reached the wall. What previously seemed like a heartbreaking scene for me turned out to be the most heart-softening experience. I was humbled and yet ashamed of myself.
How could this be? How could this visually impaired girl smile to herself and life? If anything, she is living the uncertainty itself and has no certainty AT ALL!
Then this music played in my mind…
On the contrary, she had LEARNED using her own DETERMINATION and SELF TRUST to enjoy uncertainty and GIVE HERSELF with her own CONFIDENCE all the certainty she ever wanted which was content with no matter what came her way. I stood there in utter silence as a tear came down my eyes in realization that as much as a blind person can smile to life, smile to certainty, smile to every step he/she takes, then so can we. That girl is a beautiful soul filled with joy and she is ready every day to give herself her own joy and her own certainty. She KNOWS that she is enough and happy with whatever God had given her. She had accepted her fate. As for her destiny, she is unfolding and creating her own passionate destiny every single day.
A friend of mine had just filmed this simple, yet touching video and uploaded it last night to Vimeo. This is so amazing! Just as that incident had happened in Rome yesterday, my friend uploads this video below.
So I ask you this: If a blind human being can smile, can YOU?