Thanks so much to everyone who responded with such care, thoughts, and advice to my last post. I appreciate very much your taking the time to write.
I had to laugh to myself to the dear soul who thought I was too transformed to go through dark nights of my soul. If only I were that transformed. But then again, if I was, then I would probably be whatever “enlightened” means and would leave my physical form.
The work I do with people is all about embracing our humanity–the good, the bad, the in between, everything– so that we may find within ourselves what extraordinary truly is– extra ordinary. People we see as extraordinary are every day, ordinary people who choose to not allow their ordinariness to stop them from doing wonderful and great acts.
I am oh, so human. Ask those closest to me– they will tell you that on one hand, I am incredibly committed, and the flip side of that same coin is a stubborn streak that can sometimes be detrimental and at the very least, a pain in the butt to work with. They will tell you that I am courageous and the flip side of the same coin can sometimes be reckless. They will tell you that I have a high level of integrity and the flip side of the same coin is that I can sometimes be rigid and not allow people to be where they are in their own growth stage. This, and oh so much more, they could share about just how human I am. For each and every one of us, our strengths and challenges are flip sides of the exact same coin. Part of our work is to uncover which side of the coin we are operating from, moment to moment, such that we can more fully work from our strengths instead of our defense mechanisms, old patterns and stories.
This thing called life–I am not sure if I really get it. But I don’t let that stop me from giving it my best shot anyway. As long as I am here on this planet, I will always do my best to embrace my humanity such that I can find windows through my soul into the infinite Cosmos that allows for my spirit to soar free. After all, we butterflies love to fly.