by Mike Pyatt
What parent hasn’t warned their offspring about crossing the street before looking both ways? And how many have ignored that warning? Some kids learned the the hard way. Those that survived were usually wiser. Some circumstances are momentary or temporary, subject to change. Others are permanent, lifelong, unalterable. It appears many of us learn lessons from circumstances that would not otherwise wake us from our existential slumber. St. Augustine beckoned us, “Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” We discover that nexus in encounters we’d never otherwise imagined or pursued.