A coach was walking on a beach with God,
There was only one person walking,
But there were two sets of footprints in the sand…
The coach was uneasy, almost disturbed, he wanted to talk something out with God.
“Can we talk?” he said.
“Of course”, said God, “What is concerning you, my faithful servant?”,
“My agent of change, my catalyst for people’s clarity, my very special representative on Earth?”
“I feel better already just hearing that.” Thought the coach, “But I’m going to talk this through anyhow.”
“You know the other day?” He started.
He stopped and pointed to a point in the sand where one of the two sets of footprints had disappeared.
The one set walked alone for a few steps and then was joined again after.
“What happened there?? He demanded.
“I started feeling my fears, I started feeling really alone… I did what I could and went down to the pub for a few beers, ended up having a few cigarettes…you know, to make myself feel better.”
“You know what?” he said to God.
“It didn’t even make me feel better…and then all these guys who’ve hear about the things you have done though me, start hanging around, like I’m some sort of freak magician that they are going to hassle to find out how I do my tricks…”
“I had to get out.”
“So I walked home.”
The coach pointed to the one set of footprints:
“Why did you leave me? Why did you make me walk alone?” He cried out to the sand, the wind and the surf.
“They are not your footprints, they are mine. I was carrying you.” God said gently.
“You are a human and a Being.”
“Your human wants simple things: security, safety, some love and a bit of fun.”
“Your Being is the one who is making the footprints in the sand, not your human.”
“You see, your human doesn’t experience this as a beach,
Your human experiences your life as being full of uncertainty, pain and suffering.
You drag him into places that challenge him enormously.”
“Instead of a beach, his reality is that he is walking on nothing…and the path magically appears under his feet – he doesn’t understand this and he gets very scared when he stops trusting it.
He has a family to take care of and every day is a fight for him, tooth and nail.”
“Somehow you have to learn to take care of him.” Said God.
“Somehow, you need to do your work, be amazing, keep your head in the right place,
…and your human in one piece.”
“You know, you sometimes burn your candle with a blowtorch, both ends at once.
You are the only one who can take care of your human, I know you have a lot on,
but you are the only one who can do this.”
The coach stood looking at the long line of footprints in the sand.
“It’s amazing to think I’m operating on another completely different level at the same time.” he said thoughtfully.
“You are operating on millions of different levels at the same time. You have no idea how magnificent you are.” said God.
“Okay,” said the coach, not wanting to go further down that train of thought, enough’s enough! “Lets move forward.”
…and they did.