“There’s always sadness in our lives. It’s that sad feeling that keeps us going.”

— Tsukino Usagi


Grounded For Life

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We have this infatuation with flying with the birds, wanting to get away and enjoy the sky. We're taking the ground for granite.


I mean, granted.


Imagine that you were given the gift to fly. Like any gift, you'll have a knack for it but it doesn't come completely natural. It's like trying to learn to ride a bike or a skateboard. Or learning a new language. Or going from crawling to walking. What do all these things have in common, though?


When we're first learning how to do them, we fall. A lot. And you might even get bruises that leave marks on your skin for the rest of your life.


And those weren't falls from five, ten, fifty, five hundred or five thousand feet in the air. We're lucky to be so close to the ground. 


Flying would be frustrating and overwhelming. Most would quit, holding scorn at the ground when it wasn't even the ground's fault. 


Before you decide its time to spread your wings, think about what it is that you're flying away from. After that, ask yourself what is your destination. Are you flying to get somewhere else? Or do you simply want the feeling of the air hitting your face as you sift through the clouds?


Sounds like flying might be a fleeting feeling. Like when you take a relaxing bath. The water gets cold. So does the air and the wind. 


...and then there's the chance for all that pesky rain. 


Still want to fly?



We should take time to look at ourselves when the desire to fly away seizes us. We're trying to fly away from the thing that's actually keeping us from harm. Did we all forget that we're spinning around on a massive rock flying in a big old velvet colored space? We're already flying, every day. And we have the ground to thank us for that. The ground is our set of wings.


We should kiss the ground and say thank you. Figuratively, at least. Be grateful for what's keeping you from wandering out into space. Not that you'd make it there, because the atmosphere would burn you to bits....after your body failed to acclimate above 8,000 meters. 


But hey, if you want to fly, that's still a wonderful thing to aspire to. Just be sure to consider that all that flying in the air is not without dangers or consequences, and it surely would take a lot of practice. Flying does not mean total freedom.


If you fly far away, remember the solid ground you stood on. When you return from the skies, you'll see that being grounded is not a limit but a blessing. 


Would you want the gift of flight? Maybe you'd like to be able to swim into the depths of the ocean? Let us know in the comments!

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