(This is a different than normal type of post you can usually find on this blog, but I felt lead to share this.)
Precipice is defined by dictionary.com as a precarious situation, a situation of great peril.
I was watching a movie a while back, and for the life of me, I cannot even tell you the name of it, but I can tell you that Keanu Reeves was in it. He was sent to destroy the world because we (humans) are destroying it and each other.
An older (possibly retired) professor was trying to convince Keanu not to destroy the world, and to give people a chance to change. Keanu told him that humans have had plenty of opportunities to change how we treat the environment and each other and it’s not gotten any better. It was the next line, the professor’s last attempt (probably) at changing Keanu’s mind where he said to Keanu (I am paraphrasing):
Change usually comes during a precipice.
I have been carrying around that line/statement for weeks now. It’s a true statement and is applicable to many parts of our lives.
I am sure we have all been witness to it in some form or fashion either with ourselves, or someone else.
My husband and I have a dear friend who was just diagnosed with cancer, and we’ve been witness to the positive, loving behavior changes going on with his wife.
I made a comment to my husband the other night, “that is how we all should live, like this is our last day before God comes and takes us home. Tomorrow is a gift that is not promised to any of us.”
Why is it so hard for us to love others every single day as if it might be our last?
Why does it take a precipice to make that happen (in most cases)?
Think about this:
That diagnosis can be any number of things such as: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Sometimes that diagnosis can feel like a death sentence to that person.
Sometimes it really is a death sentence.
But, how we react to that diagnosis (situation) can change so many things. Yes, even a death sentence.
It can change how we treat our body (treat ourselves), treats others, that situation can change how others view and treat us, and it can literally change our whole life from the inside out.
Changes that usually come during a precipice can have great outcomes – so much so, that the situation that was once being faced has now changed, or reversed and it’s no longer a precipice.
In that instance, there’s hope, gratitude, peace, relief, joy, freedom – all the positive emotions fit here.
Changes that usually come during a precipice sometimes don’t have a great outcome. But, that is because of the way it’s responded to. Not just by the person who is in that situation, but by others that surround them (family, friends, and coworkers). Often times how another person reacts can affect how you react especially if they are in your presence often. They give you pity, sympathy, no hope – it’s as if everything that comes from their mouth has an edge of hopelessness and despair branded on it.
You, trying to remain optimistic and hopeful feel yourself slipping down in to that pit just because of what that other person has been saying. And you’ve been listening.
Let me tell you right now: don’t listen.
Don’t let them steal your hope, your joy, and your optimism.
Don’t let them.
Veganism comes most often from someone realizing/learning how cruelly most animals are treated before being processed and shipped to the grocery store, they realize how many resources factory farms need to feed and tend to the animals that are to become someone’s meal. It can also come from a medical diagnosis in which a person needs to change their eating habits to become healthier.
Frugality mounting debt, a bill being sent to collections, a collections agency or 4 calling your phone numerous times a day harassing you, being sued by a bill collector, being in jeopardy of losing a home, a car, even your family, etc.
If you are like me, you want change to happen immediately and you want the results of that change to also happen immediately. Realistically though some things take time for them to come to fruition and we just have to remain faithful, committed, and persevere and it will all come together.
Only if you feel comfortable in sharing, tell us about a situation in your life has caused change to take place, and what change or changes did you make.