Slip Through the Cracks … and Stop
The note was short and written in a surprisingly strong hand. “It is ironic that I have chosen this course of action. I do so because I am tired of slipping through the cracks. I offer suggestions that are never followed up. I volunteer only to never get called. I am, apparently, a profession al slipping through the cracks. Emails go unanswered; phones never returned. I thought I had something to offer. I thought my life had value. Apparently I was wrong. And so, I am calling it quits. The irony is that some will consider that choice to be “cracked”. Perhaps that is fitting since it was caused by my slipping through the crack of life.”
I have written some posts in this series about the Beatitudes. A well-known piece of scripture, the Beatitudes are about eight groups of people upon whom blessings will be given in the after-life. One of the comforts of the Beatitudes for me is that they describe what we all experience in life – the good and the bad. No one walks a smooth and straight path all the time. We all encounter detours and bumps and yes, sometimes dead ends. Marlon Wayans believes that “Success is not a destination but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day.”
Henry David Thoreau sought peace and personal success in his own unusual walks of life. “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
We cannot give control of our lives to others, even when we seem to be ignored, forgotten, or slip through the cracks. As Gautama Buddha once said, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” More recently Jay Woodman said something similar: “The world is a wide place where we stumble like children learning to walk.”
We all stumble and at some point in time, feel like we have slipped through the cracks. Maybe we have but anything that can slip though can also crawl or pull itself out. When we forget that one basic fact, that even the negative things in life, the stumbles and falls we make on our path can offer us lessons, that is when we truly stop living. Our life is a gift and we have much to learn and to offer. If you feel you are being ignored or overlooked, make a turn and go down a more productive path.
Steve Maraboli offers this wisdom: “Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”