READ: I love me a good metaphor. Especially those that can take a humble, everyday experience and transform it into life-giving revelation of higher truths. Garrison Cohen offers us just that sort of perspective shift when he likens the tough passages we experience in our relationships to the pits and seeds in fruit.
“By our nature we are drawn to relationships because of the sweetness we naturally crave to experience. But that is just what draws us in. Just as the fruit draws us in to forward its own procreation, relationships draw us in by their own sweetness so that we will come to the pit, experience breakdowns, discover ourselves and be forced to evolve… just as nature does.
“…So the point behind all of this is that there is no use in resisting it. Breakdowns are designed to happen. They are meant to happen for the purpose of our own evolution. So let them come, celebrate them, cherish them and let them be a source of life. Welcome them, instead of letting them be a source of destruction, stagnation or de-evolution by resisting them.”
WATCH: Another master craftsman of disruptive and transformative metaphors, of course, was Jesus. Although I have complicated feelings about many of his historical and contemporary followers, lately I’ve been re-visiting and reappraising his particular wellspring of wisdom anew.
What I find so compelling is the way he used the power of stories to boldly confront tyranny, injustice and shame head on, offering a radical narrative in which love conquers all. Not influence or money or force, but humility and service and compassion. I’m all about seeing more this sort of script-flip in our world today, that’s for sure!
One place that I go to imbibe from the Christian well is a place called Journey here in town. I got lots and lots of brilliant takeaways from the community conversation that took place there this morning, and perhaps you will too. As of today it’s still available on their livestream but it will move over here in the next day or so.
LISTEN: And now for something delightfully absurd! My new friend Kat had me laughing so hard I cried when she hipped me to this super uncomfortable duet of Lou Reed and Pavarotti singing “Perfect Day” earlier this week. If you just want to hear some great music, however, go check out Kat Jones’ stuff here.
Make this week magnificent!