As soon as I pulled myself up on deck, I looked back from where I paddled and saw the flames. Oh, my god!
In disbelief I saw Marine Stadium aflame. At first aghast, I watched the awe spread before me. Only mere moments earlier I had paddled my yellow kayak near the stadium back to my boat. Because I had been facing east, I had been unaware of the overhead firestorm behind me.
How could I not know the shore was aflame when I had just parked my car near the stadium? How could this all happen within moments? It had only taken me at the most 10 minutes to return to my vessel? How could I have been so unaware? And besides how could such a concrete structure be on fire?
As I watched the conflagration spread, I heard no sirens and saw no fire engines rushing to the scene. Had no one called the alarm? Was I the only one seeing this? But then I could see what I saw wasn't what I first thought. It wasn't the fire I thought it was. It happened to be a magnificent sky display that just in those moments lit up the horizon southeast of Miami.
I have been faked out before by the sky, and I know false alarms can be common occurrences. But these aren't really ever false. They are just different from what someone sees and expects. Sometimes it just the way we see things that is the real alarm. Sometimes we just miss the message, don't get the memo, didn't see reality correctly! If we humans arrive at the scene where there is no fire, we may fail to see what is really aflame. Our POV? Our eyesight? Our judgments? Our false impressions? Our imagination? Our fears? Our addiction to excitement or drama? If all we all looking for the alarm maybe we should look at the cause of our false alarms.