I pulled the car over and said to Daddy, "Go make sure he's ok". Daddy sprang to action immediately. He didn't need an explanation. "Hey you ok?". The kid looked at him with a worried look, "Huh??". "You ok, man?", asked Daddy as he moved closer to him and suddenly a lightbulb went off and an understanding came over the kid's face. "OH! Oh yeah", and he pulled out a camara to show him. "Taking a picture!", he said. "Oh ok! Just making sure" said Daddy. The kid seemed to know exactly why and smiled and said, "Thanks man!.
Completely benign. The kid was probably taking a picture for an article or a paper he was writing. He wasn't thinking about jumping in front of that train. Most people don't jump in front of trains.
But some people do. So the Pearl this week is this...
Take the risk. Be willing to look weird and be wrong. And reach out anyway. Because sometimes the alternative is too awful to roll the dice and hope for the best. Which is how we live sometimes. With blinders on. No matter how many times you are wrong, don't think about that. Think about the one time you might be right. And how important that time could be. Consider all the times before it as practice. And take the risk.
Has your gut reaction ever been right? Did you listen to it?