Some of my friends and former staff know that I'm kindof a big deal when it comes to gifs and memes. I can produce a pretty perfect one for any situation within seconds. That's because when I see one that resonates with me and something I've felt, I save it - because I know a circumstance will arise again for me to show off my skills as Queen of Memes.
This kid. I can't stop thinking about him. I am this kid. I posted him on our facebook page a couple of weeks ago with the caption "Clinging vs. Letting Go." I have SO felt his terror, and then the subsequent, "oh." and its relief and embarrassment when you realize there was actually nothing to be panicking over in the first place. In my mind, after he stands up, the well-adjusted, rational adult that this meme can represent goes on his merry way, never again having a need to cling to that rope and scream like a banshee, because now he knows - he can just stand up.
Except sometimes... maybe... we don't quite behave like well-adjust rational adults, do we? Time and time again, I can think of examples in my life where I have been this boy, and then a few minutes later, I walk back over, grab that rope, pick my feet off the ground, and start screaming for my life again. Sometimes maybe it's an accident. Somehow I end up on the rope and my feet get swept up, and I forget that I could just stand up. But sometimes... maybe... I willingly do it. I still know that I could stand up and be fine. But something keeps me on that rope. I've been thinking - maybe we aren't really clinging to the thing we think we can't let go of. Maybe we're just clinging to the clinging. So the work becomes: what am I getting from the clinging? what is so uncomfortable about the standing on my own two feet, without the rope? what can I do to help myself let go, and not grab back ahold of that rope?
I invite you to join me on this Independence Day weekend and explore these questions. Let the fireworks, bonfires, and BBQs be your own personal celebration of independence from the things you've been clinging to that keep you stuck in the middle of a river you could full well walk across with ease. Maybe we can just let go. "Oh."
Letting go of clinging. Letting go of fear. Letting go of the things we know we no longer need. Letting go of the desire to need them anyway.
Inviting in freedom. Inviting in ease. Inviting in confidence and worthiness and grace.
Happy Independence Day!