Conscious Consideration

A man searches his pockets for his wallet and quickly realizes he must have left it on his dashboard a few minutes earlier before making the one block sprint from his car to the platform. He can hear the train approaching and knows that there’s not nearly enough time to run back for his wallet. Luckily, there are several other people boarding the train, and, out of desperation, he asks three different women if he can borrow $10 for the fare. They avoid eye contact while rudely refusing. The women tightly secure their pocketbooks to their shoulders and climb the three steps onto the train destined for New York City.

Little do the women know, but the man they just refused is one of the most brilliant surgeons alive. After a career of nearly 30 years, he retired his scalpel and purchased a house for himself and his wife in Red Bank, NJ. He never thought he would go back to the NYC hospital that he spent countless hours working in, but today there was an emergency that needed his presence. He was the only surgeon with enough experience in the tri-state area to operate on the 6-yr old girl waiting in the trauma unit for him. With the usual early morning traffic, he made a bold decision to take the train to NYC. This would be the quickest way to get to the operating room. Out of nervousness, excitement, and the overwhelming sense of responsibly he faced, he made the life-changing mistake of forgetting his wallet behind. After years of working and thinking quickly, he decided to rush back to his car and drive to NYC. God-willing, he would get there in time.

“Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration.” ~Margaret Chase Smith

“Courteousness is consideration for others; politeness is the method used to deliver such considerations.” ~Bryant H. McGill

Consideration for all life on earth is the single most important factor in our existence. The ability to place yourself in the situations of others is a skill that many lack.  When your own life becomes forefront in your mind, you lose sight of the feelings that others are experiencing.  No matter how absorbed you are in work and family, it is imperative to consider the feelings of others directly connected to you, and those who are complete strangers.

A good method for understanding life as a whole entity, is to remove yourself from a certain situation; picture looking at a scene from above. What are others feeling at that moment? It is quite easy to gather information from subtle facial expressions and body language.

Acting as a whole, benefits the whole. What are we in life without every single living thing around us? We are like one snowflake in a blizzard, one leaf making it’s decent in fall, one raindrop in a flood. Without everything else working together, the snow wouldn’t accumulate, children couldn’t leap into the pile of leaves on an autumn day, and the lake would dry up.

Make it a conscious effort to consider others. Maybe if someone did that morning, the young girl at the hospital would have survived.

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