We can get attached to who we think we are. We can be downright stubborn about it. Our identity tends to seamlessly and completely intertwine with what we do. What we do becomes who we are.
But what if what we do is taken away from us in the blink of an eye? Who are we then? In the words of Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu:
The third installment of Inspiration to have and to hold is the story of athlete Janine Shepherd, a world class skier training for the Olympics who was forced to reimagine her life when an accident took it all away in the blink of an eye. Here’s her TedTalk:
And here are quick links to Inspiration to have and to hold : 1 and Inspiration to have and to hold : 2 in case you never got the chance to watch them. Which you should, you know. Self-investing is healthy for you. Take the time to do something good for yourself. You are worth 20 minutes of inspiration!
I hope you find Janine’s story as powerful as I did. Happy weekend, dear friend!
Early on in my personal spiritual journey, I went through a phase of watching and reading stories of NDE’s or near death experiences. It was an integral part of shedding my ingrained catholic beliefs of heaven and hell and life ending at death.
This led me to the work of Dr. Michael Newton (Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives), which quite literally blew my mind and made me eager to experience my own past life regression; which I later did with the fabulous Nancy Hajek right here in Nashville.
In the forward to Frank Ostaskeski’s beautiful book, The Five Invitations* is this quote by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.:
Chances are until you have experienced that one great loss, this will read to you as more ominous than catalytic. Like grief itself, these types of statements can’t fully be absorbed and understood until you experience them yourself.