Being Human At Its Best

The past week has been a bit odd. Surreal in many ways.

First there’s all the funky weird things one might chalk up to the last week of a Mercury retrograde or just old Mr Murphy putting his law into action.

Then to top things off, two deadly attacks in three days were made against soldiers and members of parliament.


This sort of thing just doesn’t happen in Canada.

But the shrinking world just got smaller.

We’re no longer immune to all the bad things that only happen to “them”.


Prepared to turn off the Sunday morning news, I was unwilling to hear the same speculation fill the airwaves over and over.

Instead I’m captured by hearing for the first time about a group of five people – three men were military, one woman a naval reservist and the other woman a nurse.

Without knowing if danger had passed, these five strangers rushed to the slain soldier and began trying to save his life.

Most striking during the interview was a comment by the nurse, Margaret Lerhe:

This for me was really an exceptional moment, in that all of us had a role and all of us did that role extraordinarily well. And it was an amazing, an orchestrated thing … People just stepped in and there was never a question of I can’t, I’m scared, just this singular focus on Nathan [Cirillo].

(From The West Block @ 8:08)


Close up of lion's eyes


The day after this shooting, a fear of many comes true – retaliation.

A mosque near a Canadian Forces Base is vandalized.

Once again, word gets out and strangers show up.

They come together to clean the building, support members of their community and send a clear message such small-mindedness will not be tolerated.


Out from the chaos and endless drone of analysis emerges the good side of being human.

The one we all too often forget and only hear about from such tragedies.

This is being human at its best.

Because we show up without hesitation or question and play our role extraordinarily.

We help where we can, because we can.


A smile, a piece of information, a connection, speaking up, offering a different opinion, lending a compassionate ear –

No act of showing up is too mundane, silly or small when we show up fully to who the moment is asking us to be.

We’re in Life together, and together is how we’ll find our way through.



Have you had the experience of being in a group where (most) everyone showed up to accomplish something greater than each of you could alone?


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Crazy for cats and potatoes, Lorraine's insatiable curiosity of Life leads her to question, explore and push beyond the box. A self-professed "left-brained creative big picture" type, she has an intuitive knack for seeing beyond and beneath first appearances while at the same time nerding out on the details. Most of all she sees and holds others in their highest until they can see it for themselves.


  1. Dawn Downey on November 3, 2014 at 6:41 am

    I have not experienced anything like you’re describing, but I’m so inspired by these moments. Especially by the people who showed up to clean up the mosque. It’s a quiet thing, out of the limelight. My own challenge is about compassion. I’m very quick to be inspired by acts of generosity and kindness, but not very quick to feel compassion for the suffering and pain that drive people to commit acts of cruelty and hate.

    • Lorraine on November 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      Really great point about the quiet acts that go unnoticed. There is so much good stuff going on we never know about and lets us know who we are and what we do still matters. Your honesty about compassion for others who do terrible things gives us all a moment to pause and reflect deeper. That in itself is a quiet act of inspiration. Thank you.

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