Daily Meditation for December 8, 2009

by Delores Dufner, OSB

About a month ago, a Wisconsin dispatcher received a 911 call reporting a drunken driver. When the dispatcher asked the caller if she was behind the suspect vehicle, she gave a surprising response. “I am the car,” she said. “I’ve been drinking all night, and I don’t want to hurt anybody.” She then followed the dispatcher’s advice to pull over her car and turn on the flashers. Drinking too much was not admirable behavior, but taking responsibility for her condition and refusing to endanger others certainly was admirable. Am I equally alert to the possibility that my poor behavior may have a negative impact on others, not necessarily physically, but psychologically, emotionally or spiritually? Do I have the courage that driver had, to take responsibility for my actions and do whatever is necessary to avoid harming another person?