Do You Need A Little Push?
First one driver, then another, before I knew it the side of the road was littered with unmanned cars. To my right a stranded motorist collected strangers on her rear bumper. Three, four, five men, some boys some not, pushed the mustang across the two lane road. Resting the men gathered their strength before attacking the incline that stood between them and the gas pumps. Shoulders down they drove their weight into the car. With a heave it rolled up and then in rebellion rolled all of them back to where they’d begun.
Two more drivers abandoned their cars to help the assembly of strangers. Dropping their heads the men committed to victory. Emptying their power onto the back side of the sports car the car summited the small hill.
I, I didn’t get out of my car, I didn’t push- instead I watched the entire stranded motorist scene from inside my air conditioned car. And as I watched a smirk and then smile cracked my face and heart wide open.
Most days I operate on selfish default, I think in my own time zone even though the people I love- live in time zones thirteen hours ahead and three hours behind me. I am easily seduced by the theology – Do U. I’ll Do ME.
Driving away from the gas station I was reminded as selfish as I am as selfish and as flawed as you are – we are both amazing in our potential to show up helpful, generous and giving when called upon.
I tend to like to give others a little push- but this running out of gas, being stranded and needing a little help – I’m not so good at this role. Maybe just maybe I was right where I was today so I could be reminded that everyone needs a little push every once in awhile and that the quickest way to go from out of gas to fully fueled is to ask for help. It’s amazing how helpful the world can be and how entirely unselfish we all are when we aren’t ensnared by the isolation of Do U. I’ll do me.