Are the challenges we face every day really so different from the challenges firefighters face at the scene of a fire?
“I joined the Fire Department in order to bring suffering and death into my life. Three generations ago, people knew how to do things like bring a baby into the world and embalm their parents. We’ve lost that in modern life—we are in denial about death and suffering. I wanted to bring that back into my life.” —Jurgen Voightlander, Hondo Fire and Rescue, 2001
If you want to swim in the sea, you first have to commit to the wave. Standing on the beach, the wave curls in front of you. In that moment, you need to say “yes.” Then relax and dive through it. That is how you dive into the sea.
How many moments in our lives are exactly like that! The wave curls, waiting to embrace us, time is suspended for an instant and we choose. Dive in, or be knocked over. Swim, or be pounded into the sand.
Dive more often. Plunge through the wave with excitement, not fear. Say “yes” more frequently than you say “no.”
Deaths caused in USA by Jihadi terrorists since 9/11: 45
Deaths caused in USA by white supremacists and right wing extremists since 9/11: 47
Deaths in USA caused by conventional murders since 9/11: 200,000