"I found this interesting. It would be simple to say that I am writing my own manuscripts with hopes of being published, and that is true. What came to mind, however, is that I am releasing some layers of armor that no longer serve me. And the realization came from a very harsh, unexpected lesson - the death of a loved one polarized everything in my life and from that one breath to the next, I was forever changed. I recognized that something that had been valid, important and very passionately necessary to me one day simply became unimportant in one powerful blow. I am now surveying the wreckage of some vestiges of ego and processing and learning who I am now, afterwards. And I do believe I have the genesis of my next blog post.Those who know me well might be surprised to learn that I'm stubborn. I am. I admit it freely. I don't know if I'm more stubborn than most, or if I'm just more vocal about it when need be. What I do question about my stubbornness is if I subsequently require a more dramatic set of lessons in order to be awakened to what should otherwise be obvious to my pea brain. These recent epiphanies came on the heels of some very hard and harsh experiences.
I never cease to marvel at how I greet myself anew when I visit here, Debra."
Debra's post: http://debrasblogpureandsimple.blogspot.com/2012/07/inch-by-inch.html *I encourage you to visit Debra's wonderful blog!*
In May of this year (2012), I went through a series of car calamities that grew progressively worse, with one event being a near miss where I could easily have died. My back right tire exploded in rush hour traffic, literally lifting my car up in the air, then throwing my car directly into the oncoming lane where I should have been hit head on by a monster truck and three other cars. Somehow, they all swerved and avoided me and I managed to wrestle my car back into the proper lane without hitting anyone or being hit. There was a lesson in that experience - a big one, and I'm still processing it. Mere weeks later, my car finally bit the dust. This experience happened on the heels of a personal situation that, at the time, was driving me to near distraction. The resulting epiphany was quite dramatic and gave me the opportunity to walk in that other person's (the other person in that relationship) shoes and know and feel immediately what that person had been attempting to communicate to me. So, two similar lessons layered one atop the other and kicked me into a new state of awareness with a rather brutal boot.
Fast forward to July of this year (2012) and I lost a family member to suicide. What has come to mind, in the days since, is that I am releasing some layers of armor that no longer serve me. This realization came from the very harsh, unexpected lesson of the death of that loved one. It polarized everything in my life and from that one breath to the next, I was forever changed. I recognized that something that had been valid, important and very passionately necessary to me one day simply became unimportant in one powerful blow. I am now surveying the wreckage of some vestiges of ego and processing and learning who I am now, afterwards. As you can see, this is the comment I wrote above, on Debra's blog post Comments section.
Those valid issues that held such importance to me are still valid, and I daresay I will revisit them in the future to assess their new level of importance. But right now, today, I am changed. I came to a swift, blinding rush of realization, courtesy of the finality that sudden death of a loved one brings. I remember reflecting on the decision I had made the day before, a very permanent, final, tough decision. It ended a relationship that was important to me, that decision. At the time, I fully, firmly believed I was making the right choice for myself. I still believe that. At that moment in time, it was the right decision to make. But after I lost a loved one to suicide, I was made bluntly aware that the person I was when I made that dramatic decision no longer existed.
It's fair to say we change with each tick of the clock. It's a minute splitting of hairs, if we want to go down that spiral of thought. It does apply here, that splitting of hairs. I received a fateful phone call that someone I loved took their own life, and the world changed for me in that jagged flash of words. As I went through the grief process, I reflected on the fact that nothing I could do...no decision I could make would make a difference with that equation. Nothing could bring my loved one back. All I had power over was myself and the decisions and choices I make. And I was made dramatically aware that that hard line choice I had made the day before, the one that had felt so strongly right and valid, was no longer a truth for me.
So, rather than inch by inch of progress, as Debra's blog speaks of, I began to peel layer by layer away of my old self. I stood and surveyed the wreckage of where my Ego firmly planted itself, hand in hand with Pride and Fear, and made a defiant stand. Those noble flags of Self no longer flew with bright colors on the landscape of my soul. Instead, they rested quietly on veritable flag poles, waiting to be lowered, folded and tucked away, as they were simply no longer necessary.
In the process of finding my feet, finding my balance in this new existence, I've mentioned to a couple of people that in the last 6 - 8 months, I've been greeting myself in ways that I would never have predicted. Relationships do that....they provide a very clear mirror for us to see who we are, to see our behaviors and if we're smart, they provide clarity for us to make necessary changes. I've been experiencing that very thing and I'm not ashamed to admit that I didn't always like what that mirror showed me. Living in Ego is something we all do and it's a very human behavior. It....living in Ego, can be defined, also, as living in Fear. That is a behavior that I work on constantly to mitigate in myself, with an eye towards cutting repetitive, negative cycles that serve no other purpose but to hold me back.
A little more than a month later, I am still adapting to this new Self. I am also continuing to greet myself within the auspices of this relationship that shapes me on a constant basis. I like the changes that are taking place; I like the level of communication that is being fostered on both sides.
There is value in being broken down; I think most of us recognize this fact. Remaining in a rigid mindset might feel comfortable and familiar, but the freedom that breaking free of those inflexible walls offers is a joyful thing to experience. I'm breathing differently....more deeply....more confidently. I am looking at myself and others with new eyes.
And I'm climbing a new hill, because that's what we do as we move forward in Life. We traverse those endless hills and valleys. From the viewpoint of the upward slope of this current hill, I look over my shoulder....just once....to survey the recent wreckage. Then I turn and keep walking forward, and upward. What is ahead of me is wide open road.