The following is a true story.
A man was getting dressed for work one morning while staying at a hotel on business.
He looked out the window and saw a large animal lumber out of the woods.
“That’s a pretty big German Shepherd,” he thought.
A moment later he knew it was actually just a small bear.
Hmm, he thought.
On the way out the door, he saw 2 other guests.
“You might want to be careful if your car is in the back lot,” the man said. “There’s a bear out there.”
The man thought that was a small good deed and went on his way.
As he was driving out of the parking lot, he saw the two men.
Not being cautious.
Both of them were racing toward the bear, smartphones held out in front of them.
The man wondered if he was going to get a viral video out of this:
“Bear mauls idiots,” would be a good title. Though these things often sell themselves.
What most interested the man was the look on the two people’s faces.
Besides not being aware of there surroundings, the man could see they were in fact somewhere else.
Even as they were running.
Both of the other men were thinking about imaginary events:
- What would their friends think?
- I’m going to post this on fill-in-the-blank.
- I can’t wait to tell so-and-so.
And so on.
The man paused to see what would happen next. (He was safely in his car with the windows rolled halfway up.)
The bear scampered away as the 2 men attacked with their smartphones.
“No selfie for you,” the bear might have been thinking, if she was feeling gracious.
Or maybe she was frightened by people with a mad gleam on their faces, thinking who-knows-what.
During his observation, the man was pretty certain the bear was enjoying herself. She had sat down and relaxed on the lawn, sunning herself, before she was given the bear-rush.
He went on his way.
And considered that perhaps he might want to be more like the bear, and stay present in his life.
Maybe lie down on the lawn and sun himself, and enjoy the moment.
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