5 Heavenly Lessons I Learned From Moses
Living in the city, you come into close proximity with a treasure trove of personalities and life experiences. People from all walks of life. Ranging from transient spirits to criminals, to family-oriented people just trying to make it. There is a lot to be learned. One of those interesting souls is a man we call Black Moses.
6’1″ and posture weighed down by the weight of the world and time, Moses walks as if he’s on a mission to find something that isn’t necessarily there. About 65 years old, he was dark skinned black man with a long full grey beard that looked like it carried the wisdom of the ages. Wore green cargo pants, a brown hoody, sunglasses, and a long red walking cane… Black Moses walked blocks and blocks day and night. He was homeless and would stay where he could.
He’d pass my block and we’d talk to him. Something struck me about his personality. He didn’t seem under stress or in any way bothered by his condition. He told us stories of him serving in the military, coming home, ending up in prison. It really has been an interesting life. There are a couple of things I’ve taken away from our conversations with him. These are the 5 Heavenly Lessons I Learned From Moses.
1. Don’t Make Mountains Out Of Mole Hills
Here is someone who is in what would widely be considered “dire straights”. No home, destitute, with only a bag of clothes. Yet he seems totally at ease (and not because he’s intoxicated). Maybe he’s resigned to his condition? Or maybe he likes the lack of responsibility for other things.
Point being, he doesn’t make a big deal out of things.
A lot to learn there. We often harp on something that’s low ROI, not going our way. A little minuscule problem that really isn’t important. Yet it can be enough to ruin an entire day and run you off course. Keep all small issues in perspective. Starting your day off right should also help you keep perspective: How To Start Off Your Day Masterfully
2. Being Humble
This is an unassuming man who realistically, and honestly, accomplished a lot. Traveled the world in the military, did his crime and time, got educated. Before you ask “did he really do all that” yes, his stories check out. He speaks of his sojourn as if they’re bricks in a long road to a final destiny. Not accomplishments to hold over others.
I thought, would someone like a local politician even acknowledge this man? Even though he accomplished more than they did in many respects? Even if he didn’t accomplish what he has, is that a reason to not give them respect.
So my takeaway is thankful for what you have because it’s a blessing and definitely can be taken away. You could end up like black Moses. Life has its ebbs and flows and you just don’t always know how things will turn out.
3. Appreciate The Little Things
A simple roof over our heads, a quality meal, relative safety. These are facets of modern life, especially in the U.S. that we take for granted. Many of our fellow humans struggle to fulfill even 2/3rds of what I mentioned. So if you have all of the fundamental live sustaining things covered, consider yourself blessed.
4. Go With The Flow
Adapting to whatever circumstances life presents to you. Some things are really out of your control. Rather than harping on what you can’t control, control what you can and adapt to the rest.
Moses said to “keep the groove smooth”. Fighting inertia is natural, but sometimes we have to let nature take its course.
5. Keep Smiling
Smiles are contagious. Even when you’re at your worst, if you’re surrounded by smiling people… happy people, your mood will change.
Moses is in a certain condition and time in his life, yet I always see him smiling. (Not because he’s high or anything). He’s just an upbeat dude without many cares.
These are 5 very simple lessons I’ve learned from black Moses. Not really because his aim has been to teach, but more so by watching him and seeing life through the prism he does. These perspectives may help you re-focus your life and bring clarity about your own issues.