Rachel Naomi Remen in her “Greater Than the Sum of its Parts” chapter in My Grandfather’s Blessings ponders how it is often difficult to understand the nature of things. She says “there may be an elephant in our midst and all our efforts to analyze our part of it, to describe in greater and greater detail our own experience, the nature of what we have taken hold of, will not help us one iota in knowing what is real. This is true no matter how compelling your experience of your part or how many others are convinced of that experience or even share it with you. The elephant is beyond us all.”
I read this through the lens of a drama I starred in over the past week. I came away reminded that my reality is just one side of a bigger reality. Part of me keeps replaying the video – I think I’ve finally worn out the tape! After all the wrestling and anxiety – that I fully realize I created in my head and made real from the stories I told myself, I have settled on simply moving into what I learned from the experience:
Act With Integrity.
Lead With My Heart.
Reach for Grace.
I’m ready to move on.