Waiting for a Miracle Most Liked

Love comes to life in the most unlikely of places in the most unlikely of times. That has always been true and it’s still true.

I know, hard to believe when we are being bombarded by the fear mongering media with images and reports that sound an awful lot like we’re going to hell in a hand basket. How many more salacious reports of politicians who can’t keep their pants zipped up are we going to have to hear about? Never mind the women who are old enough to know better, but who climb aboard the fame train with them. And let’s not forget the violence we participate in. Tell me again, how many wars are we fighting?

My friend, Revel said that if Caligula were around he’d feel right at home. Listen, don’t get me wrong, I adore Revel but he can be just a little bit cynical and I know things are getting bad when I agree with him.

Then it happens, just about the time I’m ready to put a down payment on a cozy hermitage somewhere love gets a hero, in this case in the guise of a photojournalist.

This photograph captivated my heart from the moment I saw it. The young woman fell during the riots in Vancouver and her boyfriend bent down to help her. He kissed her and told her it was going to be ok. I loved everything it represented, passion, courage, love in the middle of chaos.

I was just as awestruck by a different image taken in 2006.

When I first saw this photograph taken by Andrew Cutraro I was stunned by the power of it. Keishia Thomas was student who was attending a protest against the KKK. An angry mob that included Keishia rushed the man who was wearing the symbols of the KKK. When he fell to the ground and was being attacked, Keishia, who was all of eighteen, threw herself over him as a shield. She said later, “He’s still somebody’s child.”

Love has the power to transform our lives and the lives of everyone who witnesses it. That much I know for sure. Believing in the power of love even for a moment is all it takes to open our hearts and when we do miracles unfurl themselves into the world. They may not make the front page of the news, but you never know when what you say or do will be a miracle that someone has been waiting for. Love is a choice we make every moment of every day. We are all somebody’s child who needs a miracle. We can be that miracle. We don’t have to wait.

Thank you to nznikki and stevie for helping me locate the photograph of Keishia. I cut it out of the newspaper and saved it for years to remind me of what a hero looks like.

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  1. Generic Image Stevie says

    Nice post, watermusic. 

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  2. Generic Image moongoddess says

    Very touching.  It reminds me that there are choices and we are who we are when it counts.  We can chose to do the right thing, or the wrong thing.

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  3. watermusic watermusic says

    Thanks, Stevie. Moodgoddess, I think that one of things that happens when you set a place for love is that your heart opens and you see our common humanity. That makes it easier to choose the right thing. Seeing images like these helps set a place for love in my life.

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  4. Titirangi Storyteller Titirangi Storyteller says

    Wonderful post.
    Whilst I love the second and third images, I could not make out what the first is… Can you satisfy my curious mind?

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  5. Lois W. Stern Lois W. Stern says

    Maybe it’s just the Polyanna in me, but I often think the media has that golden opportunity, the power to influence so many, to bring us to that higher place that resides within each of us. If only they would report more stories like this one rather than sensationalizing, we would all be in a better place, don’t you think?

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    • watermusic watermusic says

      I agree that the media has an opportunity to influence. I worked with a woman whose ‘real’ job was working the camera at a local news show. When she invited me to sit in on a broadcast I told the producer that if I wanted to take over the world (I was joking) the first thing I’d do was take over the newsroom. They are very powerful in shaping public perception.

      I don’t want to be blind about what is happening in the world. I get my local news from 11 Alive on line because I think they do a good job of giving the news and giving hope at the same time. I’ve stopped watching almost all television and news shows specifically because of the sensationalizing that goes on. It’s not news, it’s gossip.

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  6. Debi Drecksler Debi Drecksler says

    watermusic..Your words touched my heart. Thank-you for sharing your thoughts…They put a smile on my face and made my day so much brighter!

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    • watermusic watermusic says

      Thank you for reading this, Debi.  I heard someone say that we teach what we most need to know and that fits in my case. I need ongoing reminders of what love is because fear is a siren’s call.

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