Xmas is not a date. It’s an attitude (365 days a year)
“Wired but not connected”. How can it be possible that we all (me included) need to wait 365 days to re-engage with the Xmas spirit and what it means?
Usually means solidarity and caring for the others in a special way. Usually, during these 15 days of the year, we are more aware of the things happening beyond our bellies and cell phone screens.
Why are we just more aware during Xmas? Why do we forget about family, friends, and strangers (people like us) most of the rest of days during the whole year?
Probably no one has the answer to these many questions as there would be billions. However these billion answers might have a common denominator, “we just care for ourselves, and we live in a world where no one care for each other”. Or at least this is the simplest way to approach the topic.
On the other hand, when something happens to us, directly affect us or put us in a difficult situation, we are the first ones to point our fingers and blame the right place, commonly beyond our responsibility. Other people are the ones to blame, the world is crazy.
An example is worth a thousand words.
Again. “Wired, but not connected”. This Monday a friend of mine took the bus, on his way back home after work. What happened next after he stepped in, is self-explanatory.
When the bus driver re-initiated the way back, he quickly ran to find an empty spot to sit.
The bus was half empty in people, however, every person was sitting alone occupying 2 spaces with their bags, coats, and other stuff, and of course well dressed with the well-known headphones plugged in their ears, crazily surfing into most of the very well-known social media.
They were so immersed in their 500 friends feeds, pictures and comments, comparing their current situation to their “friends” than no-one realized there were other people like them trying not to break their nose and find a place to sit in a half-empty bus.
My friend got to almost the end of the seat rows of the bus to find just 1 spot totally free of stuff next to an anonymous stranger. It took some time for my friend to get back to himself thinking about how could be possible not even in Xmas people are aware of the important fact that we really need each other in this short and “busy” life.
Once he was able to accept the sad reality, he took a second to tap his neighbor shoulder, fact to what the neighbor reacted surprised, “what’s up?” My friend replied to the stranger “I just wanted to truly appreciate the fact that you kept all your stuff with you so the seat next to you was free for me to sit. And I just wanted to let you know that I thank you so much for the intention behind your actions, you are making a real difference in this world, choosing to pack your stuff and leaving this space free for someone else to take it.
Yes, it’s true we live in a world where making the difference it’s hard, as the real example of the bus is making it difficult to facilitate good stuff happening. The sad reality is that more than 80% of the people today live every day in the “egoist part of the life”. However, if we give up on our ways to do what we truly believe is best, then there will be no better tomorrow. And we all are egoist by nature, to survive. Currently, we do not need to survive in such ways, but just realize we can make the difference every day.
It’s time to wake up, no need to wait for Xmas, or tomorrow, every second count, if the intention behind is bigger than ourselves.
Keep rad, stay humble and share if you believe different things can happen, starting from yourself, without those things coming from the outside world. Beauty, fear, love or remorse reside in us all. We all can choose where we put our energy and time, to make a life worth living. To die knowing who we really were.
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Ignacio Gallo Campos
Special thanks to Sara P. — Italy — for the motion picture featured
About the author
Ignacio has published a trilogy in which he has been working since 2011 to 2017 called, “A life in a second”. Click on the titles and make them yours via Bubok.com, Google books or Amazon. Discover “The biggest fake” , “All dogs are Labradors”, and “A life in a second” and live an inner trip to that past, this present and those decisions which make you the one you are now, to choose then the one you really want to be, for every second of the rest of your life.