middle ground

When we are drowning

This is a powerful story that has stayed with me. Thanks to Karl Duffy for sharing the wisdom of Omid Safi.
May we offer our heart and our selves to others in need. We don’t need to be saints to do it 😌


There is a story told in the Middle East about how to help someone who’s drowning.

A man had fallen into a river. He was not much of a swimmer and was in real danger of drowning. A crowd of concerned people wanted to rescue him. They were standing at the edge of the water, each of them urgently shouting out to him: “Give me your hand, give me your hand!”

The man was battling the waves and ignored their urgent plea. He kept going under and was clearly struggling to take another breath. 

A saintly man walked up to the scene. He too cared about the drowning man. But his approach was different. Calmly he walked up to the water, waded in up to his knees, glanced lovingly at the drowning man, and said: “Take my hand.”

Much to everyone’s surprise, the drowning man reached out and grabbed the saint’s hand…

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About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

30 comments on “When we are drowning

  1. Lovely story with a great message of what true love is all about!

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  2. A truly loving story and reminder, Val, thank you.

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  3. Loving reminder Val, thank you for sharing this.

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  4. Thanks for sharing that! That is a great story to remind us about the give and take in life!

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  5. Beautiful! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  6. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Such a beautiful story. Thank you, and Happy Valentine’s Day.

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  7. Lovely story thank you x

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  8. I like it. Simple story. Powerful message.

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  9. What a perfect story for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing, Val!❤️

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  10. Love this Val! So very true. 🙏🏻🌈

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  11. Loveliness. Thank you Val!

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  12. Val, thank you so very much for sharing this wisdom filled tale.. A leaf we could all take and reach out our helping hands to others..
    Another sad day for the USA as I hear of the terrible events today
    Love and prayers xxx ❤

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  13. Love this story, and missed it on Karl’s blog (I don’t know how, but anyway ;)). I think it doesn’t serve to keep rescuing others, but being present for them, providing some direction when they appear lost, is invaluable. For their part, just knowing another is there and willing to really connect seems key. It’s like the opposite of social media. Instead of just hitting the Like or Love button, why not demonstrate this on a moment to moment basis? Great share, Val, Mahalo. ❤

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