He had always considered himself a jester or a villain, someone brought in only to entertain or to kick before throwing out again; but there he was, in class, and the teacher gave him a script to read. It was a simple story about two friends trying to save a school. He performed it to the best of his ability. At the end, there was a collect “awww,” not aww as in pity or remorse, but in sympathy and encouragement. An eternal “isn’t that cute.” The teacher turned to him and said, “you know, you could play a romantic lead one day.”
The student’s heart became afflutter. Romance was for the main stream, not the side characters. He never dared dream he was worthy of it. But here he was, hoping against hope, dreaming hard enough to be made reality. And the dream remained, though it took him a long, long while to see it achieved. But hope is a wonderful thing, flowers from the pavement, refusing to be quenched once ignited.
We all need a little hope in us. Thank you, Jesus.
In your other life,
you are a warrior princess.
You fight and spar with the younger men,
tell stories and crack jokes with the older men.
Your husband is strong and wealthy and kind
and looks upon you like you were ageless.
You face dragons with your sons
and dance around in fairy crowns with your daughters.
You listen to the wisdom of the widows
and bedeck the young women in flowing dresses.
You eat mutton with your mouth open
and sing sweet songs on the lyre.
Your skin is tough
Your belly full
All you see in the reflection of the waters
is pure beauty
In the morning, you watch the horizon with hope
In the evening, you sprint through the forests,
climbing the tallest tree
just to watch the suns go down.
You dream of flying
and the next morning you sprout wings.
You whisper to the ground and it grows.
All your ways and your days are full of magic.
Imagine now that this other life
is not too far gone,
that it is yours for the taking.
You are full of possibility
Your life is meant to be
a thing of legends.
You’ve exorcised the demons,
you’ve washed in the water,
you’ve made your peace;
now, it’s time to embrace your calling.
for we all have one, and it’s rich and wonderful
it has been waiting for you since the dawn
Don’t wait any longer
Go, seek it out.
Standing on the brink of infinite horizons,
I take a breath and say,
“all right, God, what’s next?”
Clear your mind….
of your preconceived notions of yourself
forget your failures,
what you’re not,
what people have told you you’re not good at,
cut out for.
forget the wounds and the scars
and the broken dreams,
forget your age and your ethnicity
your gender and all your defining physical features
imagine that the world is without gravity,
that you have no limits
that you are light and kinetic energy
imagine that you are exploding out of the starting gate
and rocketing towards the future
with an optimistic grin
clear your mind,
and begin to be
the future is waiting.