"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
With the recent election, two very different and very distinctive world views have painfully taken their place upon the world stage. While there are clearly nuances on each side, it is the fundamental dichotomy that I find most fascinating. Is the world about hope and love? Or is it about pain and struggle? Is it a miracle? Or is it mundane and predictable?
While I acknowledge these are gross generalizations, they are useful for purposes of this discussion.
As Einstein so crisply states, 'there are only two ways to live your life'...one views the world through the rose-colored lens of possibility, of a god-touched potential that we have yet to fully explore and discover.
The other fixates on the drudgery of life that can bury us, defeat us, and snuff out our potential before we have yet to get started.
Whatever is happening TO you, is also happening FOR you.
Catchy, right? Sounds good. Seems likely to be true. And might explain so many of the things in our lives that don’t go as planned.
If the things that happen TO us, are in fact happening in order FOR us; to learn valuable lessons, flex unused emotional muscles, discover alternative narratives about ourselves, or just generally help us rediscover ourselves…then perhaps we can give ourselves a break, and not feel the need to ‘react’ in our moments of stress, hardship, or chaos.
In the world of business and policy, every action is boiled down into its relative ‘theory of change’. If this…then that. If I make this business decision, then I will ultimately reap increased profits. If we alter this practice, then our systems will function better.
So if we apply the theory of change to this rather enlightening concept, it would look something like this. If I am suffering right now, then I...
I’m reminded of a folk tale about a chicken and a pig trying to decide what each should bring to a big party they’re throwing. The chicken says he’d be happy to bring some eggs for the party and he suggests the pig bring some bacon.
“That’s not quite fair,” the pig responded, “For you, it’s just a contribution, but for me it’s everything.”
Giving another person your trust is something like being the pig, and handing over your own flesh for the party. A bit graphic, I know. But for someone who has experienced loss or betrayal, this is just how raw trusting again can feel.
Trust requires safety. Trust is built in tiny little increments that eventually add up to a solid foundation. It's important for both parties to understand, recognize and appreciate what is at stake for the other.
The risk of 'having your bacon fried' because you brought too much to the party, or perhaps you brought it too early is a very real and...
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