Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Short Story - "Chances"

CHANCES written by Elisabeth Zguta  
Michael is returning to his homeland after years of making his way in the world.  He stands on top of a hill overlooking an old village and tries to remember the landscape.  Flooding his mind are images of himself struggling when he was a young boy.  The aches he felt in his muscles from this daily work in the hot sun, as he crushed the wheat for the richest man in town.  He was the man who owned everything.  The man who thought he owned everyone too.  Michael knew in his heart that no one owned him.  He had dreams of a better day. 

When his chance came to leave this unyielding place, he was off.  He flew like a kite through the sky, bouncing in the wind.  Michael went from job to job, searching and working his way up in the world.  He knew his responsibilities to his family.  He had his Mother and sister to support.  He always looked forward, each day another chance for a better life for them all. 

Now years later, he is here in the old village again.  He walks down the hill to town, kicking the sand with his foot, letting the sand fall where it will.  Life was still holding on to old ways here among the old adobe buildings.  There were children in the streets playing, laughing and happy.  He is comforted to know they are allowed to be young now.  Life can be hard, and Michael is here to pay back.  He plans to give because he has been so blessed in his own life.
He notices a woman with two young children, reminding himself of years ago when he was walking these streets with his Mother and sister.  He stops the woman, asks a few questions about the town, and how people are doing.  She has hope for a better future and works hard for her family to survive.  He is impressed with her determination and integrity.  He hands her some money, and when she protests, he explains it is his wish.  With many thanks she leaves with gratitude.

He spots an old man in a ditch, begging.  Michael wonders why he is there, and why no one is helping this poor man.  He asks the old man his name.  He replies his name is Ramone.  It is a name Michael will never forget.  Ramone is the name of the man who had worked him to the bone.  Ramone is the man who exploited him and the others in the town.  Michael asks him how the richest man in town is now in the ditch. 
The old man cries to please help him.  He lost everything because he was young and foolish.  Michael is not moved by his admission.  This man had the chance of a lifetime, and instead spent a lifetime not giving anyone else a chance.  Michael walked away.  He gave Ramone no judgment or money, but instead ignored his strife the same way the old man had ignored others. 

We all have choices to empower people to make a better world and future.  A small or large act of kindness can never go wrong. 

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An idea can be dangerous. 

Just like Dante inspired many good and evil deeds from his revolutionary thoughts, so too you from mine?  Do you believe in destiny?  I hold there is no great design.

Should we wander our way through the arbitrarily chosen pathways, or follow a more reverent plan underscored with everything we do and touch?  Will our true purpose someday be achieved, despite our own variances we try to blaze? 

I believe we have a will, and given a chance to deter the destiny, that in itself shows we are not doomed to a master plan.  There is no map to follow.  We are all capable to make a change and affect others.  Now in these desolate times, when food sources are scarce, economies are weak, and morality is wavering in the wind, now is our chance to prove the hypothesis. 

Take the challenge, use your preeminent right of will, and use your best resources to make a stand.  Choose a life that is exemplary to your own ideals.  Let the world see your vision of hope.  Share your wisdom with others in the attempt to raise us all to a more perfect place. 

In this place I speak of there is no vanity, no ego.  In this world there is free will and empowerment.  This is what we should strive.  There is no such illusion of equality, because that would mean we are all the same, when clearly your vision is unique from others.  So no equality, but yes to empowerment, to bring everyone up to the best they can be with their resources.  To this I strive and I hope others will join the cause.

Be unique.  Be yourself and let others around you be themselves.  Only in individualism is there truly freedom.  Freedom is the only way to enlightenment.  Dare to empower others, so we can all be uplifted to our best.  Free yourself from the illusion we all need to follow destiny.  Instead make your way.  Your own conscience is your guide.

Any thoughts?


  1. Hey Cuz, I really like "Chances", it kept me wondering til the end whether Michael would help the old man or ignore him. I must say I feel bad for the old fella, but that's karma I guess. I also like the pictures you chose. You've hooked me, gonna keep on reading:)

    1. Hi Lisa...I enjoyed this short story too. Thanks for writing it. It is somewhat like the Good Samaritan - but with a twist.


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