Interesting location... being a spectator
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
So, I don’t know if it’s a local phenomenon or what... but there has been a fairly high number of incidents in the last few years in the village I live in and the surrounding towns of cars running into buildings (both houses and businesses). My apartment faces a main intersection in the village and I hear a number of accidents happen (I don’t sit and stare out the window and wait for them to occur...)... yesterday this accident happened. It hit the apartment building across the street from me and took out the control box for the traffic light in the intersection. The car was severely damaged (I would bet it was totaled), but there were no injuries, thank goodness. I find it intriguing to watch the first responders at work. I have such respect for them all! I do laugh on occasion about our village police force, just because there seems to be so little for them to do most of the time, but when they are needed they are right there... helping. I think our village police officers spend more time on outreach and prevention than anything else. It’s kind of nice.
Watching the aftermath of this accident made me ponder though as I was spectating... how much am I a spectator in my life? And how much am I a participant? (Not that I want to be a participant in an accident...!). But just watching the first responders and how they got right in there and assessed the driver and passengers... the damage to the car... immediately started directing traffic, etc... there was no time for them to be spectators... they had actions to do to assure the health and welfare of the community and the people in the car. I guess what I am wondering is have fallen back into old habits of letting my life slide by without trying to change or affect it in any way. It is easier to take a metaphorical step back and let life just slip past without trying to influence or change it in any way, but then I become a mere observer to my life, not a participant in my life. Hmmm, something for me to contemplate...