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Journal: Secret Helpers

Note: This Journal entry was written on October 6, 2001, as I walked on the Old Tokaido. Take a look at that day's Logbook for more.


It's a common idea in folk tales, movies, and novels: the hero is up against some terrible obstacle, and the universe sends some secret helpers to save the day.

The elves come in the middle of the night, or an angel arrives in human form, or a secret cabal of fixers intervenes. Sometimes, they're fully human but mysterious, like the A-Team or the Equalizer.

More often, though, in real life, the helper is simply another human being who has taken the time to have a human response to the situation. So it was with my bus driver. (See the end of yesterday's Logbook.) There's no magic involved, just the reaction of one soul to the plight of another.

Come to think of it, maybe that's magic after all.

Posted October 3, 2019

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