Thursday, January 20, 2011
I WANTED TO SHARE WITH ALL OF YOU . I RECEIVED THIS FROM A FELLOW SPARKER AND WONDERFUL FRIEND .
Posted: 15 Jan 2011 05:31 PM PST
Mark Henderson, science correspondent, for the The Sunday Times reported findings that debunked the myth about quicksand. He wrote: “It is a staple scene of B-movies and Westerns: the cowboy stumbles into a patch of quicksand and is sucked under until only his stetson remains on top, or sinks up to his neck until hauled out by his sidekick.” Both scenarios fly in the face of physics. Research has shown that it is impossible for people to sink into quicksand much beyond the waist — but it is equally impossible to pull someone out once they are stuck. Just how far anything will sink depends on its density, and how much it moves.
“Any unfortunate victim should sink halfway into the quicksand, but could then take solace from the knowledge that there would be no risk of being sucked beneath the surface One option to get out is for the person to wiggle his feet gently, gradually allowing water in around the edges. He could then pull himself up by fractions of an inch at a time," according to quicksand expert Dr Bonn.
Even though we may want to move forward in our life, we may have one foot in yesterday’s quicksand. Release the hurt and fear; refuse to entertain your old pain. If your progress is “fractions of an inch at a time” that may be quite good and even necessary. Just remember that the energy it takes to fuel grudges is exhausting. If we stay stuck in the resentment and the hypothetical thinking of the past, we have allowed the futility of old thinking to rob us of today’s opportunity; we have become numb to the good things in our life.
Jesus really wants us to have life in abundance. Do you ever recall our Lord telling people to just deal with their pain? Never! That’s why people from 100 miles away would travel to touch his cloak. Thousands and thousands of people crowded around our Lord, hoping that his compassion would flow out to them. So great were the crowds that “he told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him; for he had cured many, so that all who had diseases pressed upon him to touch him.”
Follow the example of the crowd. Trust in our Lord’s all encompassing love for you. Ask for his grace that you can live in today’s moments; reach out to others and let them be Christ to you. Kathleen M. Sullivan ’82MA ’87PhD