You have an amazing role in our shared story... how you live, what you create...
you existing as a human being is nothing short of a miracle.
You possess the ability to inspire, spark and create life... your potential is truly endless...
As you move forward, I hope you sense your purpose from deep within and come to realize that you participate in the ongoing creation of a better story for all of life.
There is an ancient belief that all of life possesses a forward momentum to it, a trajectory of continual creation. It’s almost as if life has been set in motion, sort of nudged and is now forever moving forward, changing and evolving. This is the story we find ourselves in; a story in which life is continually creating. And when we look around, we can honestly see creation that cultivates more life as well as creation that fosters destruction and pulls us backward and is anti-life. In other words, ongoing creation opens up two distinct paths: one that stifles, limits and resists the forward flow, and another that opens up and serves as a catalyst. Life is mysteriously endowed with the ability and power to create. Life must create, producing outcomes of what seems like either life or death. And mixed up with this, is the idea that we are all somehow connected... that we all mysteriously participate in ongoing creation. We are all a part of this, intentionally or passively, either helping life forward or holding it back.
We all create through different means, while at the same time we engage in similar practices that are true to the commonality of simply being human... like how we all speak and use words. And through our words toward one another we literally create worlds... worlds of life, or worlds of death. We choose to compliment or call names. We can speak falsely and tear down or we can affirm that which is true and beautiful about each other. In the end, we speak life or we speak against it.
I had an English teacher who took her class very seriously. I read books, wrote papers, and gave speeches which she graded fiercely. I remember after one of my speeches she pulled me aside and asked me to deliver my speech to one of her college classes. I agreed, and we talked a bit more about what I wanted to do later in life. To be honest, I had been a bit scattered on that topic shifting from a race car driver during grade school to a professional tennis player in middle school and finally landing at absolute confusion for the majority of my high school career. At the particular time of our conversation, I basically had no clue about what I wanted to pursue.
My teacher told me something that I have never forgotten. She told me that I possessed a unique ability to stand in front of people and speak words. She called it a gift. She encouraged me to continue to speak and to do so from my heart. On every speech for the remainder of her class, she wrote, “What a gift!” across the top and I still have those speeches to this day. When I attended my 10 year high school reunion, my English teacher was there. I gave her a big hug, and she immediately asked me if I was speaking or not. I told her all about all of my endeavors, the numerous talks I give on a weekly basis and the various speeches I have delivered... she just smiled.
I still stand in awe of how she spoke something true about me, nudged me forward and truly created life.
Ongoing creation... forward momentum... words of life.
You are a creative creature.
Ultimately our world... our shared story depends on you. Every day you actively participate in the landscape of our future. You shape others... for good or bad. You nudge them... forward or back.
May you realize how you can literally create life with every word you speak and how you can make the difference between life and everything else… now live!
These posts offer further reflection on topics we tackle during MTL nights.