Truly Powerful People (359)

Join me in inspiring truly powerful people. Each day I will add a new thought, story or idea to support your quest and mine.

The last time I saw Carol her marriage was coming unraveled, her world was falling apart. That was 4 years ago. We both thought it had only been a year or so since we last met but the landmarks in time contradicted our felt sense of time. We laughed. Time might not move faster as you age but it certainly seems that way.

I asked her to give me the view from 30,000 feet: what did she learn or what had changed for her since we last met. With no hesitation she said, “Something within me is different. I don’t have words for it but something fundamental has changed.” Her gaze went deep inside of herself, reaching for a metaphor or some way to illustrate what she felt.
Carol is a fine actress. When her gaze returned from the deep she said, “Before, when I was on the stage, I was communicating something. Now, I am communicating with. And that’s true of my life on and off the stage.”

Sometimes I think growth is not a journey to someplace in a future time, rather it is a layer that drops off revealing what has been there all along. A heart cracks open, grief pours out and the mask falls away. There is one less layer of protection and that leaves us available with greater access to life.

Separation gives way to unity. This is the artist’s way; it is a mini life-and-death cycle. When we stop trying so hard to say something, to distinguish ourselves as unique, we have the opportunity to see our lives as limited and precious; it becomes less important to be clever than it is to be available. It is the moment when we stop attempting to be artists that we are able to simply live as one.

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