aimless love

But my heart is always propped up in a field on its tripod, ready for the next arrow. billy collins

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

breaking our necks

Things at work are impossibly busy - so here I go being myself here as I am elsewhere... do I just show up? do I try to do something meaningful? do I have anything interesting to offer the world?

Yesterday I heard about a sexual assault at the Univ where I teach - we seriously have our work cut out for us as humans! How do we address both the small and large issues that make this type of thing even a possibility. The statistics of young women who are sexually assaulted each year are staggering! When I told my kids about it - I said, "we are each responsible for making a difference with our lives" - my 11 yo daughter kept saying, "how can I make a difference" - so I told them the story I heard on NPR on the way home about Dan Gottlieb, a quadraplegic psychologist who has recently written a book for his grandson about living "differently" in this world.

I was very inspired this story. He spoke about the way he had come to see his accident as having freed him to really live life fully as himself, not as who he thought he "should" be - he said his soul was set free when his neck broke! How do any of us manage to rise above the death of our dreams to be who we thought we "should" be - rather than who we are becoming even now?

what can I do mom?
become fully yourself, sweet
and what about me?


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