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  • Daily Meditation July 15, 2010

    1 posts, 1 voices, 835 views, started Jul 15, 2010

    Posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010 by Karyn Olson

    • Pearl

      Taken from Daily

      One day my dad was repairing the light fixture in the bathroom. He asked me to hold one of his hands and to grip the faucet of the bathtub with my other hand. I did this. Then he licked the index finger of his free hand and stuck it up into the empty socket where the light bulb had been. As the electricity passed through him and into me and through me and was grounded in the faucet of the bathtub, my father kept saying, "Pal, I won't hurt you. I won't hurt you." If I had let go of the faucet, both of us would have died. If I had let go of his hand, he would have died.

      James Allen McPherson  

      What a powerful story this is, and what a powerful lesson this man taught his son.  I can’t read this passage without realizing that I simply never could do what that man did—and therefore, I could never teach such a lesson in such a strong way.  That’s okay, of course—we all have different lessons to teach in our own ways.  But what an incredible moment to share with another human being, and what an incredible lesson in trust he taught his son.  He taught him to have trust in him, but he also taught his son that he trusted him completely with his very life.

      There are those who would call this action reckless, who would say that the man was playing with fire and that he had no right to risk his life and his son’s life in that way.  These people may have a point, but that’s irrelevant—the act is over and we should take from it what we can learn from it rather than trying to categorize it or define it.

      This father took a great risk, one person would say.  Another person could counter with the point that he took absolutely no risk at all—as long as his son held on to his hand and the faucet.  And this latter fact is absolutely true—given the properties of electricity and grounding, there was no risk of either of them being injured.

      The boy learned about trust, but he also learned the importance of being grounded.  When we are firmly grounded, then the potentially harmful things that life puts in our paths are really just like the electricity—something that will pass right through us without hurting us.  Where we ground ourselves—in our religion, our sense of self, our God, our knowledge—will be different for each person, but we should search out that grounding with all our hearts, for that’s what’s going to allow us to get through everything we need to get through.

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