Have you ever been to Neverland? Neverland is a place where boys never grow up and the rules are so foreign that you simply cannot imagine that some of your precepts or beliefs no longer apply, the world works differently there. Neverland is a whole new world, you find you were simply existing from a limited perspective of “what is…” and “What can be…” and now, in Neverland, you might feel like “what did I do to limit myself, and why did I do it for so long?” After all there are crocodiles to avoid and new processes to learn about.
In the story Peter Pan, a girl named Wendy and her little siblings were all snug in their four walls of security of “what always had been”. Without warning their world went completely to a different set of experiences. What they had knowledge of in the world they lived in, now had new and different rules. Tinkerbell showed up, then Peter flew in, and the windows to the world flew open, and their world went wild. It’s like that moment Tick-Tock the alligator starts coming toward you, and you just heard the story from a peg leg pirate who told you the danger can be real and his leg is missing from an alligator attack.
Wendy’s flight became possible, first with the step of believing someone else (Peter Pan) could empower them only if he were present or held her hand, then later on, her authentic courage, voice and strength was found within.
“Becoming” is a theme played out in many of the fairy tales and children’s stories that you may have been raised on. However, the themes are simply not about entertaining children. Beliefs, good influencers, negative influences, difficult situations, and forging on when things get tough (flying monkeys anyone?) matter to how we believe and take action or remain inactive in our lives. Most of all, the storyline that you had the power all along when you plug into believing your own strength, becoming aware that within you is all about believing and knowing that whatever, whomever you are….is that God created you to be. Learning to mature in our gifts sets up the process for living a life that we love living. Are you working and creating daily in your best giftings? It can be a life changing question.
This week I have the privilege of being a small part of a few folks who have learned to fly. They are no different than you and me. However they have chosen to belief in their dreams. They are taking their very next steps in letting go of their fear, let go of their limiting beliefs and allowing themselves to breathe the gifts they were created to be. Breathtaking, both in facing fears and releasing gifts….without exception when it comes to this moment in the lives of my clients….when asked…”what is different now?” The answer is without fail, “I realized the honing, the maturing of my gifts is more important than any fear or lack I may find in myself.” It’s not about me any more.
That’s courage folks. To release the excuses, do the work and to find the path only after each experience narrows and deepens your listeners, learners, and communities outcomes, that is the dna of true leading….yourself and others. We each have a role to play in life that only we can engage.
And in that space I believe the Creator is deeply proud of His creations…US…that trusting that we are more than we thought we were and that he is able when we are not…. his love was never a question, we are loved regardless of our ability to love ourselves or Him. However there is a very special thing when we accept who we are, we learn to support the gifts and talents that we have…and serve those put before us.
Maybe its time for each of us to examine our thoughts and perhaps…just perhaps…begin to believe that we, too, can fly.