Humans Can Already Fly

swanson quote

Okay, so humans can’t really fly, at least not by themselves. As usual, our beloved Ron Swanson has spoken a deep truth: humans have had dreams of flying since the beginning of mankind. We spend time thinking about dreams that exceed our natural limitations. However, we rarely consider how many miraculous acts are already within our reach. We are capable of walking, dancing, jumping, skipping, crawling, stretching and contorting into funny shapes, making weird faces, drawing works of art, swimming, climbing, beatboxing, singing…. the list is endless. For the amount of time we spend dreaming of humanly impossible feats, how often do we consider the wide range of movement and skills that the human body is capable of developing? Even acknowledging that different human beings have different capabilities, and not everyone is capable of some physical movements (and that’s okay!)– generally all of us (except perhaps those who are comatose or live with some extreme illness) have a wide range of movement available to us. How often do we take time to reflect and appreciate — and furthermore just fully make ourselves present in and inhabit those forms of movement? How often do we express gratitude to our bodies for all they do for us? Even the parts of our body that may sometimes bring us shame, whether self inflicted or because of expectations imposed by society, or some combination of both [looks down] – yes pot belly, I’m talking about you. The pot belly that brings me conflicting emotions also cheerfully and dutifully carries my excess fat so the rest of me doesn’t have to! Continue reading

A new start… again

No matter how I titled this entry it felt cliché but its true. While my time at Whitworth is oddly coming to an end, at the same time its been like a new start for me.

I am so thankful for every friend that I have. Some friends have impacted me by their faithful consistency and companionship in my life. Others I see less often, but have greatly impacted me none-the-less. I think also to my friends in Uruguay, who I knew for less than a year but who still welcomed me so deeply into their lives. Each friendship has been an invaluable treasure. It also confirms and revives the conviction in me that I can also be a treasure and an encourager in the lives of others I come into contact with–even those I know for only a short time. Continue reading