Happy Friday to you! It’s Five Minute Friday and our word today is WILLING.
Willing: The mental faculty by which one deliberately chooses a course of action; volition. Deliberate intention or whish. Bearing or attitude toward others; disposition. (American Heritage Dictionary).
I don’t know how one can walk through this life and not experience the highs and lows of love. The heart ache, the exuberance, the wonder and the dismay, they all come to those with open eyes. After so much heart ache or utter disappointment it is easy to shut down and wall off. Unfortunately, to experience the good we have to walk through the bad too.
I sat this week at a parent soccer meeting. (This is a sure sign spring is approaching – Thank God!) The first third of the meeting was all about how parents should behave. (that’s a whole blog post on its own). But the remaining two thirds of our hour and a half were spent discussing concussions.
Hold on. We’re talking about my 7 year old son and my 6 year old daughter. They are still babes and we’re disecting the signs and symptoms AND TREATMENT of concussions???!!!! As I shuffled out of that rather odd meeting I determined to disenroll them from this activity. I want my children to have minds sharp and alert FAR into their 90’s not just enough get through school.
But if I hold them back from the risk they will never experience the thrill of accomplishment, the rush of adrenaline in excercise. If I want them to reap the benefits of this activity I have to be willing to face the risk.
Life is full of risks. Risks of the heart are just as dangerous as the risks to the physical body- infact I’d argue they are moreso. But you have to be willing to cry through the broken places to find the depths of true love in the beaming moments of joy.