We can’t predict the unpredictable. At some point something will take us down and we will be blindsided. When all that we know comes tumbling to the ground – our relationship ends, our health wavers, our business fails, our confidence falters – we are faced with countless questions about how to proceed. “Can the child within my heart rise above? Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life?” She answers, “I don’t know.”
It’s true we might not know HOW we will get through these landslides of life, but step by step, moving through the rubble one rock at a time, we WILL find our way through. Of that I am sure. We might be afraid of changing, but changed we will be. What have you lost in your life that you thought it would burry you? How did you get through it?
In the aftermath of the slide, what has been uncovered in the newly revealed earth? What gems are there for you to find? What new growth will form in the newly tilled earth? Think back to other monumental slides in your life and see the goodness that grew from the hardship.
We might be getting older, but we are never too old to respond to each challenge (even the most excruciating) with an opportunity to grow. You never pursued your dream to make music (ahem, us…), then it isn’t too late! Do a crazy New Song November challenge and get going! Never imagined you would be divorced? What or who might be available to you now that this change has happened? Are you fighting a terrible diagnosis? What has it shown you about your own strength and what is most important to you?
This song, in all its brutal honesty, acknowledges the unexpected pains of life. We have to give ourselves space to grieve, to cry, to be angry. And yet, our resilience remains.
Again, if you have a story about a landslide in your life and how you got through it, we would so appreciate if you would share (in the comments or by email). It is the vulnerability of music and how it touches in to our very real human experience that can teach us all.