Beers & Big Ideas has officially begun! what started out as a simple idealistic conversation over beers with my good friend Steve Wanta has months later become a reality. we are currently in Zimbabwe and traveling across East Africa discovering more about development, people, culture, beers and our selves. we’ll be on the road for the next few weeks and capturing aspects of the journey on our tumblr blog, http://www.beersbigideas.tumblr.com. please check it out!
i’ve shared a few lines from a recent journal entry below that highlights one of the big reasons i’ve taken the leap for this Great African Adventure. my motivation is for it to represent a proactive leap into newness, healing, responding to tragedy with love and with the belief that life is grand!
“i’ve been learning a great deal about how tragedy shapes our lives. when tragedy greets you at your doorstep i’m realizing that you have the freedom to exercise the power of choice. i believe how we choose to meet tragedy when it reaches us determines much about the evolution of our characters. do we close the door, retreat to the illusions of safety and pretend the tragedy will leave us? do we hide in hopes that the pain will go away? or do we receive tragedy’s hand, invite it into the inner chambers of our hearts and join the invitation it grants us to be broken, to shed what we once knew to be ourselves and journey into the unknown space it affords us to discover more about who we are?
when tragedy comes neither choice is easy and no matter what we may think we will never be the same once tragedy enters our lives. i am choosing to take tragedy’s hand and am embarking on the journey elsewhere. externally not knowing what i will see, who i will meet or what i will discover i am stepping into the unknown. internally the pain hurts and often the fear is suffocating, but at the same time there is a deep curiosity about who i will become, what i will learn about myself and how all of this breaking and reshaping will occur. my desire is that by launching into the tragedy rather than running from it my heart will expand rather than contract, i will learn to love more abundantly rather than shrivel in scarcity, i will let go….and breathe deeply the uncontrollable mystery of life.
regardless….tragedy i welcome you to do as you will now that you are here. may the journey begin.”
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