We have to reinvent ourselves.
We fall apart; we’re disarmed and vulnerable. We’ve been broken, wrecked, and ruined before.
But we get up.
We transform. Like the phoenix who etches his wings before being consumed by his own flames. This mythical bird becomes ashes and is reborn from them. So it is with us. But we don’t immediately identify that we are in fact transforming.
We’re stuck. Unable to realize that everything we’ve been through is the catalyst to creating the life we’ve always imagined.
Because we are too focused on the pain, and there’s no blame in this. We have the scars to prove our lost childhoods and loved ones, the heartache experienced time and time again. We’ve been let down, failed; we’ve let our fears take over. Been consumed by our glorious flames.
But then something happens. We revive ourselves. We, in fact, have all of the potential to heal our wounds, to reborn from our ashes.
How do we do this?
We have a spiritual catharsis. When we take all the battle scars, the rejection and pain, and realize it’s all part of a greater purpose. We have new eyes, new ears, to help others, to grow and change lives with our stories.
We become storytellers and writers, artists and healers.
But we won’t immediately know this. We have to readjust to our ‘new’ selves, and we’ll deny our great calling by finding refuge in distractions. And when that happens, there is a clue to knowing we’re in the midst of that process. Suddenly, there is no comfort in our surroundings, and life has become just a tad more opaque and boring. The things we used to love no longer satisfy us.
This is the moment we get the urge to create.
Except we’re unsure of ourselves. Maybe we’ll doubt anyone else wants to hear what we have to say. We’re uncertain of how to begin. And at this I say
Own the phoenix within you. Learn to fly by falling, tell your story. Don’t be blinded by the flames. This is your creative rebirth
Your spiritual catharsis.
©C.R. Lamothe 06/19/2013
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