Take the Bus



‘Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.’  Oprah Winfrey

 When I saw this entertainment news headline a few days ago I cringed… “Musician Meghan Trainor Falls Onstage’ I enjoy Megan Trainer for a lot of reasons, not the least bit because she is talented. In addition to her talent, she has also fought hard against many of the ‘sacred cow’ stereotypes that the entertainment industry is riddled with. For example she is very solidly NOT a size 6, and is loud and proud about this fact.

And as much as I wish Meghan Trainor had never taken a tumble… well you know my curiosity got the better of me… and I went and clicked the white arrow that was in the middle of the graphic… As I watched the clip the first time I kept one eye closed just to be better prepared to shut it all out if I needed to.

Instead, both eyes flew open as I saw what unfolded and a grin spread across my face. Watch this clip– and when you do, view it with that saying we use here often at Rx for the Soul, ‘ there is only one of us here…’ – And if you cannot watch the clip, know that what Jimmy Fallon chose to do in the seconds after this fall, was to walk up on stage and lay down right next to her as if this was the intended posture their interview was going to take anyway…

We all take our tumbles in life. Not one of us is immune to the face plants and foibles- but if we are surrounded by people willing to rush up next to us and flop down on their backs with us- if for no other reason than just to share the view for a moment- we are blessed beyond measure.

I love Jimmy Fallon- but I love him even more now. He could have gone any direction at all with the spontaneous event that played out on live TV. He chose well.

In life we always have the choice. When someone falls down in our presence, we can point and laugh, we can help them up, or we can run up and join them and choose to share their unfortunate view for a moment. Pointing and laughing is never ok, helping someone up is good- but getting down and joining them is powerful…. It gives us a guaranteed new perspective.

Oprah is right, lots of people are there to ride in the limo- but we should all try to be one of those people who is willing to hop on the bus.