Some weeks, I know what I’m going to write about for a while in advance, and some weeks I don’t. This is one of the latter sort. But that lovely subby is always at work! This morning, I woke up with this song on my mind:
Now, I was six when this song came out, and I haven’t heard it in probably decades. So why now?
Well, this song is so relevant to the Master Keys that it’s scary. Look at the lyrics:
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young, and sure to have our way.
Cynicism, after all, is only disappointed idealism.
What is age but a number? Why are we so sure that living the life we choose, or fighting and never losing, is only for the young?
Because our old blueprint has told us it is.
Somewhere along the line, we lost that single-mindedness, that ability to lose ourselves in a task which meant everything to us, to believe we really could succeed.
Haanel talks about this ability:
The greatness of an actor lies in the fact that he forgets himself in the portrayal of his character, that the audience is swayed by the realism of the performance.
And of course then I immediately thought of Alan Rickman.
My family and I watched the Harry Potter series over the holiday, and the one thing which struck me after we finished the series was how you never felt that this was a man portraying Severus Snape, but this was the man himself.
And we also recently watched Galaxy Quest, and one of the best parts was the transformation of Alexander Dane from a neurotic, cynical, washed-up actor to a man who inspired the Thermians (a group of aliens who had no concept of deception and abhorred violence) to rise up against their genocidal invaders.
So what does all this have to do with you?
The real question is: what is your ‘thing’? What is the life you chose, and perhaps left behind as ‘unrealistic’? What is your fight? Why did you stop? What is your gift? Why did you stop using it, developing it, sharing it?
What made you lose that conviction that you could succeed? And more importantly, what is going to get you back into your fight? To inspire those around you into action to make this place better?
The good news is that the answers are inside you. You already have everything you need to get all that back. You just need a bit of guidance to find your courage for yourself.
Which, I decided, is my word for this week, and this year. Courage. 🙂