Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Super Human Reality
Another way to see this is that often times we look for those “mountain top” experiences in life. What if we live on the mountain top? It’s less exciting when we live there. It becomes normal. We no longer feel the euphoria of reaching the unreachable. Jim Gaffigan jokes about people who are ripped at the gym being done and needing to leave now. It’s a funny observation, and sort of true. True that they accomplished their goal...unless now their goal is to make those of us just starting give up before trying...ha! In all seriousness though, there is a benefit to maintaining and learning how to live life on the mountain tops as much as in the valleys.
The point, however, here is how to tell the difference between those super human, mountain top moments, and the steps taken in the journey to experience those. We can’t live in either all the time. What do I mean? Well, look at planning a wedding. The big moment where you stand before your lover and your friends and declare to each other that there will never be anyone else who will take the place of each other, and that Love will be the fire in your hearts together for the rest of your lives--that moment comes with a great deal of mundane, ordinary, and sometimes boring details and planning. There are numerous little steps that need to be taken along the way -- steps that make it seem like the day will never arrive. What kind of cake to get? How many people to invite? How to invite them? Where? When? What song to walk down the aisle to? The questions seem endless as do the days leading up to the big day. If we are not careful to see each day’s ration of beauty, we will miss out on the little miracles in all of those seemingly ordinary details. There’s potential to miss a special moment between you and your betrothed or with your best friend if you only recount the stress of planning. Perhaps there were some super human moments in overcoming potentially challenging discussions with family members or the wedding planner. Maybe there was a moment when it looked like things were going to fall to pieces and somehow you made it through. How do we find the miraculous in every moment? We look for it.
I firmly believe this is why Jesus talked so much about being childlike and why there is such an emphasis on living life with a grateful heart. If we are focusing on all the negative or challenging things in life we will miss the moments that make each day special. We will eventually loose our ability to wonder and to imagine. It will feel like the world is taking advantage of us and we will no longer have anything to give to it. On the other hand, if we are looking, eyes wide open, for the little miracles and the super human moments, we’ll feel as strong in the valleys of life as much as we do on the mountain tops. Suddenly, we’ll see the little gifts -- a free coffee, a special note from your mother, a moment where you catch your beloved’s eye across the room -- and we’ll find heaven in them. I believe it’s then that we’ll be able to see when we’ve just had a super human moment, where we’ve overcome the things that threatened to steel our joy, our happiness, our freedom, or our lives. This is one of the most challenging fights we’ll engage in throughout our lives. There will be days where it seems like we’re losing, but I truly believe it is a battle worth fighting. We have the ability to see the good, the extraordinary, and the miraculous if we choose to see it. I, for one, would like to fight to live in a world where I can see not only my super human moments, but the super human moments of those around me as well. I hope you would like to join me.
Take care of your hearts & ears.