“A thought transfixed me: for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers. The truth – that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. The salvation of man is through love and in love. For the first time in my life I was able to understand the meaning of the words, ‘The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory….’”
~Viktor Frankl, holocaust survivor (from Man’s Search for Meaning)
Our vocation is to love. We find ourselves through the gift of self, through accompanying others along this journey.
We live in a world where there is much darkness, chaos, and injustices. If we want to challenge the injustices, we must change the stories that perpetuate them. Stories are the DNA of human existence. Storytelling is not merely a communicative tool, but also a transformative process that allow us to enter a world of imagination. Imagination is the irreplaceable human capacity to envision, that which does not exist. It is the foundation in which creativity and thought gives birth. In its most quintessential, it has a redemptive power to transform the inner depths of the human heart. It gains us the power to empathize with others whose experiences of suffering we may have never experienced. Imagination empowers us with a gift—to imagine a great humanity.
We must be storytellers of creative hope.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." ~Theodore Rosevelt
Failure is something that we, as a society, avoid talking about. It is the great fear that creeps in our hearts silently. Failure is inevitable—unless we live so cautiously as to not make a mistake, in which case, by default, we have failed.
Failure strips us of our guise, of an idea. Failure allows us to be vulnerable to our true humanity, in our brokenness and humility. Failure allows you to seek our true identity and passion, essentially, stripping us of anything that is of the unnecessary. But most importantly, failure grants us a vehicle to become alive again. It is only in adversity that we discover the greatness of the human spirit.
It allows us to be fearless, courageous, and dare greatly.
We have been formed to think that happiness is based on a check-list of material possessions. The world sets a criterion, and we recklessly seek for it. Our success does not lie in achievements and qualifications that are listed on our CV. Yet, I continue to meet people that confuse the two and furthermore, raise their children with that notion.
Each and every one of us is writing our own novel. We are the hero, the protagonist of our own story. We were once prisoners, and now freed from the shackles, fighting great battles, winning glorious victories. Grit is passion and perseverance. There is great strength in having a strong heart, an indomitable will, and an unbreakable spirit that exists in each and everyone one of us. Greatness exists in all of us.
It is a journey to rediscover the greatness that we are destined for—to be lost and found again. Our adventures and experiences allow us to fight for that hope, and rediscover that imagination that allowed us to dream and be fearless again.
We live in a world that embraces comfort and mediocrity. We are easily confined to a life of
Comfort, security, and mediocrity is a norm. Every person has a revolution beating inside their chest. We just need the fearless courage to walk on water. The question boils down to:
What wild adventure do you plan to live with the one precious life that you have been given?
“Greatness is not this wonderful, esoteric, elusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste - you know it's something that truly exists in all of us. It's very simple, this is what I believe and I'm willing to die for it. Period. It's that simple.” ~Will Smith
Hardships and trials often prepare us for a noble destiny. We were destined for greatness. We have to believe it. We have to fight for it. We were all given a unique and irreplaceable calling. We were given gifts. Be not afraid to do great things!
So here’s to 2015, for a little bit of magic, but more of passion, fearlessness, and greatness.
What will your verse be?
listen to the stars.
roar in the woods.
dance in the dark.
wonder. create. fight.
Never lose hope, never lose heart.
be brave and take courage,