Unfamiliar Territory

There is freedom in admitting that you don’t know something as that allows for a new learning experience to emerge. The responsibility of orchestrating ambiance and perfected moments can be daunting; sometimes overwhelming. Letting things flow naturally, though uncomfortable for those who need to know, is one of the keys to unlocking miracles in our lives. We cling to what we know and aim for what appears familiar because of societal conditioning.    

Each new day is an unfamiliar walk despite some routines we may have established. Planning our day and activities does not guarantee the outcomes we plan. Looking at recent debates on the lives lost in Paris does not negate the fact that at least 215 terrorist attacks have occurred within this year. In addition to the 776 reported lives gone at the hands of police brutality. Plus, let’s not forget the more than 9k lives lost in Nepal’s earthquake in April. So much has happened but we’re resting on the reaction of a few things blinding us to the necessary response of the bigger picture. We are in unfamiliar territory. It stirs up fear.

Our day to day concerns may seem minute in comparison to global affairs yet each impacts the other. We’ve become so familiar with being disconnected that we can’t recognize the threads that keep us seamed together.  Our groceries, our clothes, our resources are intertwined with each other yet we forget this for it would highlight our vulnerability. And, being vulnerable is not an option. Especially, in a society filled with winners. However, we live vulnerably daily. We trust our day to day operations to strangers and build walls around those we are comfortable with. The conductor who directs the train or the driver who drives the bus might not have all their senses intact on any given day. Doctors aren’t always accurate in their diagnosing of ailments, Teachers make errors in grading papers, and Spiritual leaders make mistakes in discerning and so on and so on. Often the “expected perfection” we seek in others is to compensate for the self- perceived short comings we possess. Why not hold someone else to a set of standards we’re unwilling to follow.

Walking in faith can also be a vulnerable task. It’s an unfamiliar walk with a spiritual power. It’s a daily action that will be tested and sometimes affirmed. It’s a decision of stepping into an unknown arena simply on a belief. It’s an unfamiliar walk in a very familiar place of pain, distrust, fear, insecurities and trials. It is trusting there’s a plan in your tomorrow which cannot be discarded by what you do today. It’s boldly walking in an unfamiliar way with a presence that is greatly familiar to many.  And, in doing so, you become stronger because you dared to be different. You dare to be an advocate when others wouldn’t. You dared to step in when others stepped out. You dared to take risks when running away was easier. You dared to walk the walk while others just offered emptiness in talk

Red bottoms in water is definitely Unfamiliar Territory
Red bottoms in water is definitely Unfamiliar Territory