Blue skies, no obstacles . . . but wait. What about obstacles we can’t see under those skies of blue?
Hiking above the ocean on the cliffs of Torrey Pines on a bright December day, we enjoyed magnificent views.
This area is home to the rare Torrey Pine, a lovely and scraggly tree that prospers in the layers of sandstone.
All looks well above ground, but below the surface the unsettled sand causes problems. Isn’t that just like people? We may see smiles and hear “I’m fine” if we ask how someone is doing. But beneath the surface, inside, who knows what another person is battling? An ancient Greek named Philo gave us the famous quote: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.
I just came from signing papers at a dealer, and the man who passed me document after document for my John Hancock really was downright mean. I had never met him before, and he had no reason to treat me, a stranger, as he did. When he repeatedly told me what would happen on February 29, I wanted to pounce and correct him on this nonexistent date out of spite. But I didn’t. As I left I thought about this man and obstacles and the cliffs of Torrey Pines. Who knows what this guy is dealing with? Better to smile and stay cheerful, and maybe brighten his day a little bit.
Meanwhile the cliffs hold on, the Torrey Pines bend and stand firm above the crashing waves . . .