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The Crack in the Cosmic Egg

What is it about humans that we often keep things contained in neat little compartments?  Why is it that we have all this good stuff inside and don’t really show the rest of the world the magnificence we possess?  Why does it often take an explosion of some kind to get us to wake up?

I’ve been thinking a lot about birthday parties (as today is my birthday) and I think to kids parties where there is a pinata.  We are a lot like pinatas.  We keep all the good stuff inside, sealed up and it’s often not until we get whacked with a stick very hard that we let all the good stuff out.

That’s often been my experience with individuals who have been given a life-altering diagnosis.  When the diagnosis is given that’s the whack and that’s when people’s priorities change, their values are put out to the world, they believe in themselves in new ways.  Why does it take this crack in our own cosmic egg to make this happen?  Once we let our true selves out it’s amazing that response we get from people.

When people see who we really are they are more willing to be part of our support team.  Letting out all our magnificence allows us to make better choices about people and things we have in our lives.  As pilgrims it’s important to keep ourselves open for others to see.  Anonymity keeps us separate and that’s a difficult emotional place to escape.

Having received one whack is enough…don’t wait to show yourself to the world because believe me if you do keep it all inside, another whack is just around the corner.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

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