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Thankful for the Possibility of Possibilities - Flying With the Geese
Flying with the geese. Following the seasons instead of being left behind in whatever season that we are in. Taking wing and launching ourselves off to new horizons, fresh goals, untainted opportunities, and unexplored places. To live life as an ever-unfolding adventure that is always anticipating the next adventure. We want to live life like this. We really do. We might fear it sometimes. We might think that it takes too much energy or we don't have the time. We might believe that we don't have the abilities to live a life like that. We can think a lot of things, but we want to fly.
At Thanksgiving, we need to be thankful for the fact that we can fly. Maybe not like the geese that head south every year. But we have opportunities to fly in different ways that are even more magnificent and breathtaking. We are only relegated to the sidelines of life because we have put ourselves there. Life does present us with opportunities that are beyond the scope of our own understanding. But we have to take hold of them. We must press past our fears, refuse our desire for comfort, be willing to head somewhere that we've never been, and then we must then go. I am thankful that all of us can fly. The question is, will we?
Thanksgiving - Contrary to the Culture
Thanksgiving. To the destruction and detriment of those who live there, it will perish in an environment within which a sense of entitlement and greed rules the day. Conversely, on the opposite end of that spectrum, a sense of thanksgiving will thrive and it will breathe life into any place where a heart of appreciation and gratitude refuses to give way to a brooding sense of entitlement, the scourge of greed, or any other lesser attitudes that keep company with such things.
But in whatever place we might find ourselves on this spectrum, we must understand that the remarkable power of Thanksgiving will live undiminished regardless of where we fall, simply because our determined adherence to it, or our blatant rejection of it cannot touch or in any way diminish something spun of things eternal.
The Problem is Not the Problem
We all have…problems. And there’s a real good chance that we have a lot of…problems. Life comes with problems. It’s part of the deal. It’s a natural part of this thing that we’re all doing called life. Life comes with problems. But the real problem is not that life comes with problems. The real problem is what we do with them.
The Problem is Not the Problem
In the majority of cases, the problem is ‘not’ the problem…despite the fact that we think it’s the problem. The problem is how we’re choosing to deal with the problem. That’s the problem. In fact, I would go so far as to say that in most cases the problem actually creates less problems than the way that we’ve chosen to deal with the problem. The ‘real’ problem is that we don’t want to deal with the ‘real’ problem. And all we have to do is look around at our culture today to realize that we have cultivated, and refined, and ingeniously perfected a whole bunch of ways to do that.
Do We Search for the Truth - Or For Ways Around It?
Do we search for the truth, or do we search for ways around the truth? Do we even take the time to consider a question like that out of the long-held assumption that we are, in fact, looking for the truth because (we assume) that that’s the obvious thing to do? What insanity would behoove us to do anything less? But do we search for the truth, or do we search for ways around the truth? Maybe we should consider the fact that there are a whole lot of reasons why we actually might stoop to something less.
Do we search for the truth even when it takes the foundations that we’ve laboriously built with the sweat of our brow and the best of our years, and does truth handily expose those foundations as weak, entirely misappropriated, and as nothing more than sand piled in every place except the right place? Will we search for truth even when it looks us square in the face and tells us this kind of stuff? Will we search for it knowing that there is a very distinct possibility that it will tell us everything that we don’t want to hear in every way that we don’t want to hear it? Will we search for truth even then?
Better or Worse - The Clouding of Our Choices
Will the choices in front of us make us better or worse? Will they improve our lives, or diminish our lives? That depends on who and what is informing those decisions. Is it people with questionable agendas, or is it a culture trending on a rogue wave of self-gratification, or is it our own lack of thoughtfulness and integrity? Whatever it might be, we might ask who and/or what is informing our decisions? And how much are they clouding that decision to the point that we will be set up to pay a potentially unimaginable price in making it…for we have all paid such prices before and we would be the fool to pay them again. For the wrong information, and the wrong motives, and the wrong value system will leave you on the wrong side of every choice, and choices that leave you on the wrong side never make your life better.
The Battle - I'd Rather Be David
Battles. We all fight them. Sometimes they're just the minor things that are a natural part of the day-in and day-out living of our lives. Sometimes they're unspeakably brutal and unexplainably savage, making no sense as to why they're happening. Battles can sometimes be something more of a minor irritant, or they can be something that leaves our lives in flames, cinders and ash. At times we battle people, we battle circumstances, we battle society, we battle injustices, or we battle within ourselves. Either way, we all fight battles.
But how do we fight them? Do we fight them just to survive them? Do we choose not to fight and opt to surrender as the easiest course of action? Do we fight them by playing the victim and therefore not really fight them at all? Do we have someone else fight our battles for whatever reason we have them fight them? Battles will come as they are a natural part of our existence. But how will we fight them? And how much does that choice dictate the outcome that we will live with?