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I'm Hollerin'. Can You Hear Me?
Moonlight streamed through my window. As the light danced around the room, my mind traveled back in time.
I stood at my parents' car and shook the hand of a man I would not marry even though he wanted to marry me.
I missed the importance of a conversation held in 1976.
I felt the first movement of my oldest child as a soon-to-be mother.
I saw one of my sons tumble down the stairs.
I saw myself making a mistake that would haunt my life for 10 years.
I relived the moment when I received dreadful news via a telephone call.
I saw the events of two days play over and over, as if they were stuck. I longed to pop myself on the side of my head and get them to move forward to a conclusion.
I lived and relived every joy, mistake, failure, and accident of my life in those hours and wondered about it all.
People speak of having a challenge to overcome – in the singular. But there have been multiple challenges in my life, often occurring in rows like fields of corn. Sometimes, they have crashed upon my life like waves in a stormy sea.
What does it all mean?
I think that sometimes our society acts like life should be a demonstration of a person's "goodness." They think that good people shouldn't make mistakes. They think that good people have all the money they need. They think that good people have good jobs, nice homes, miraculous spouses, and fit, healthy bodies. They think that good people don't experience disasters. They think that good people's children are good students, popular, clean, honest to a fault, and respectful. Good people never question who they are and what they are doing. Good people are tremendously popular.
But I think that's all wrong.
Good people make mistakes. Children of good people sometimes make very disagreeable choices. Good people experience financial challenges. Good people deal with health challenges. Good people live through disasters that are sometimes their own making and sometimes unrelated to anything they have done. Sometimes, good people stick their foot in their mouth and offend others. Often, good people question who they are and what they are doing.
You know what? I think that people are people, that people are more alike than different, and that most people are basically good.
We all want support. We all want forgiveness. We all need connection.
I think it doesn't help us one bit that some people in the media (traditional or social) are constantly ready to skewer people who are less than perfect or who disagree with their opinions. If people make mistakes or have problems, there seems to always be someone ready to humiliate them. When people choose different paths or believe differently, these judgmental souls are quick to spread the word that the person they disagree with deserves to be publicly shamed. It seems to me that in today's Internet world, there is always someone ready – and even eager - to publicly flog people they don't like.
And yet, at the same time, I notice those same judgmental finger-pointers often express that they want (and even expect) acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, and love.
You know what? Maybe our current awareness of this readiness to criticize is what causes us to be reluctant to share our true selves with each other. Maybe this readiness to shout at others is causing us to lose what is really important – love.
But what if we could change that? What if – instead of being ready to censure each other, we recognize that everyone is just doing the best they can and that each day when we get up and try again, we are being courageous... oh-so-very courageous. What if we stand ready to support each other?
Would we feel better?
I think that it takes courage to get through life's unwanted challenges. I think that it takes courage to keep going even though we blow it from time to time. I think that it takes courage to get up and try again when we are knocked down. And I think it takes courage – lots of it - to ask for help when we need it.
I found this poem about courage and I would like to share it with you.
We lead out our days in monotonous ways
The humdrum of work and of sleep.
Time slips along, no thrill in the song
Not even a reason to weep.
And then, like a flash, there comes such a crash,
We're stunned by the buffet Fate gives.
In the blackness and blur we feel the soul stir
And that is the moment one lives.
When disaster beats down, the true men are found
And cowards are marked with a brand.
They whimper and whine: they cringe and repine
And the whiplash Fate holds in her hand.
The brave men fight on though the chasm may yawn
And midnight's unlit by a star.
How you face defeat in the crisis you meet
That measures the man that you are.
All through the years there are smiles and tears,
But they, in the end, are the same.
One moment of life in the midst of the strife,
Is worth ages of watching the game.
With dismay in your heart, if you still played your part,
Though bloody and beaten and sore;
If your soul flamed white in the hopeless fight,
The world will ask for no more.
I believe that even though being connected with other people helps us through hard times, ultimately, sometimes we have to find a source of courage greater than ourselves to get through our days. I believe that when we face trials, there is One Who can be completely relied upon – God – and I am grateful for His help.
Here are a few quotes about courage that have been helpful to me as I've struggled with fear from time to time.
"Courage – fear that has said its prayers." - Dorothy Bernard
"Courage is fear holding on one minute longer." - George S. Patton
"The greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart." - Robert Green Ingersoll
"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." - David Lloyd George
"Oh courage... oh yes! If only one had that... then life might be livable, in spite of everything." - Henrik Ibsen
"If you're scared, just holler and you'll find it ain't so lonesome out there." - Joe Sugden
I'm hollering. Can you hear me? I can hear you.
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