My daughter runs at me. It might even be more accurate to say she barrels towards me, full speed, hair flying, nothing held back. It is terrifying some days, partly because I have taken knees and elbows to all manner of sensitive spots as she jumps in my arms. But to look in her face as she is coming is to see something beautiful. There is delight and excitement and already the hint of “Daddy, again!” as she is still on her way. I can't get enough of this, and apparently, neither can she.
This is the ultimate in Moving Toward—toward something fully believing that it will be good, safe and fun. Not everything we get to move toward feels this way. Often when I find myself challenging someone to move toward something, it is with far more trepidation. It is asking someone to run headlong toward something that feels more dangerous, unsafe and life-threatening. When I look into the face of someone I challenge in this direction, I am often met with a face of suspicion, disbelief and sometimes anger. If you remember last week, I challenged you to consider what it was you escaped from. This is the counter to that, moving toward. The problem is that often we need to move toward things that are not the most comfortable to be around. We need to find ourselves in the presence of loss, grief, discomfort before we can find true hope on the other side. The much disparaged Alanis Morissette has a song called “The only way out is through.” She makes a nod to this sentiment that even though we want to throw in the towel when things get tough, the better choice is to just get on with the hard part because then we get to the good part. Did you catch that? Can you hear the hope that lies within that idea? As we travel through the dark part of the night, we know that the light comes around in time. Hope.
Or we can choose the other way. We can choose escape and just go down that road, but as Trinity warned Neo in the Matrix, “you have been down there, Neo. You know that road. You know exactly where it ends. And I know that's not where you want to be.”
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