In a world filled with dinosaurs

In a world filled with dinosaurs


An extent dinosaur

Don't you think it is strange that so many times when we walk in the streets, it's as if we don't exist? Everyone seems to ignore us, and we're left asking..."did I suddenly disappear?

Is this a problem with other people around us? I don't think so; not entirely anyway. I, for one, like to greet to people I meet. I've noticed, however, that only a few respond to my greeting. Did I hurt their feelings in some way? Maybe a nice "hi" isn't good enough for some...

Then we meet homeless people who are begging for money. Strange, most people cross the street before they can even make eyes contact with them. Are these homeless invisible too? Aren't they crying out, "Hello! I'm here! Why do you act as if I don't exist?"

No response.

Are we any better? Our schedules dominate our priorities. Time is money. Rushing about seems to have become our primary purpose. We don't talk to others because we have no time for them. We have lost intimacy. We don't know other people any more.

How many stories have I not heard of people walking by while someone is being bullied or when there are those in need of medical help? "Sorry," we say. "Don't you see I'm in a hurry!"

Our civilization has become a place where dinosaurs roam. Yes. I did say dinosaurs. The dinosaurs of old wandered about eating other dinosaurs without a thought of anything but their own needs, and sadly we have begun to live the same way. It seems we have thoroughly lost our way!

Praise God for the few who still care. Some have made the decision to stop rushing and scurrying about. These are the ones who truly care of others, often going way out of their way to make others feel special. They are the ones who have been transformed back from their dinosaur-ic state of being.

My vice-principal is that way. She thinks of others first and she is always positive. Last Sunday was Mother's day, and we celebrated by taking my mother-in-law to a lovely restaurant. I enjoyed being with my family. My wife noticed, however, that I was a bit more quiet than usual. It was because I was missing my own mom who had passed away two months earlier. Even though I know that she is in heaven, I still miss her.

The next morning at work, I found an envelope on my desk. It was from my vice-principal. She wrote an encouraging message that made a difference to me:

"Robert, I'm thinking of you at this time. Mother's Day must have been bittersweet for you this year. Hopefully, you had some time to reflect on some special times you've shared with your mom. Your cherished memories will always be close to your heart. Take care..."

This message brightened my day. I thanked her, and she gave me a hug.

This is way better than the dinosaur mentality. Other people are important and need to be recognized. Caring about others is far more important than our own schedules. After all, do we even remember what we were writing about a week ago?

Do we prefer to be a dinosaur? Or someone who cares?

"But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is "love."

Rob Chaffart

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