Sometimes angels wings get broken. Foreclosure, bankruptcy, job loss, dinged health, divorce — it hurts. We don’t like it and we can’t control it, but we can learn from it.
Thankfully, broken wings can heal and angels can reinvent and resurrect. If they want too.
Do you believe we’re all angels?
I’m into me. That’s fine sometimes, and normal, I suppose. But, I don’t think “normal” is valuable.
Hour by hour, day by day, we all fly our race. I flap Away-From and I fly frantic In-Chase-Of. How often do you and I simply “ground” ourselves? How often do we peacefully unflutter our feathers…pause, breathe, consider, appreciate…?
Mostly, I focus on me. My goals. My agenda. My fears. My should’s and should not’s. My if-only’s and what-if’s.
Me, Myself and I, telling myself, “it’s not about me, it’s about others.” Really Ken?
I fly, immersed in me-ether.
Does it really matter what wakes you?
Matt’s FORECLOSURE CONFESSION woke me. More accurately, Matt’s FORECLOSURE story is a hardship chapter in his unfinished epic of confession and compassion, passion and reinvention, resurrection and shared triumph. If you haven’t, please take a moment and read it now.
Similar stories are being lived out all across the country. Because hardship is common, slipping into “business as usual mode” is a danger to be guarded against.
Moving from Me-Ether Immersion to We Immersion is what Matt’s story moves me to pursue.
Hardship. Tragedy. Triumph.
Everyone experiences hardship, tragedy and triumph, how it’s expressed varies. How I respond should not. Matt’s story reminds me of this.
“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver
Compassion is a powerful force. It soothes, it supports, it comforts. Compassion is an X-Factor. Compassion is appreciated and correct. Compassion is valuable. Matt’s story reminds me of this.
Passion will get you into and out of trouble. A Passion for service and listening and understanding and sharing and compassion is an X-Factor, and never leads to trouble. Matt’s story reminds me of this.
Resolve, ReInvention and Resurrection.
Life. It’s no cake walk. We wrestle and dance with good and bad, ourselves and others. How can we best help ourselves and others?
I resolve to pause, listen, ponder and consider. What is really being said and felt and expressed? How can I respond with Compassion and Passion? How can I glide from Me-Ether Immersion to We Immersion?
Compassion, passion and resolve, it’s not fool proof. But for me, Matt’s story is a welcome wake up call. It’s not all about Me and business, it’s about We and Us. If I can remember it and live it, broken wings will heal, reinvention is possible and resurrection is inevitable.
Thanks Matt for sharing your story. God bless America and Planet Earth.