fun house mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

This summer I took my grandson to one of the theme parks. You know the ones, where you wait in line way too much, ride way too many rides, eat too much junky food, and call it good memories. It ended up being an ‘aha’ moment for me. We walked out of a ride and when I turned a corner there was four different versions of me! I was standing in front of four different mirrors and I could hardly recognize myself.

As I stood there with David turning around wondering where I’d gone I had an ‘aha’ moment.

You see, I think we wander through life often times, looking in the distorted mirrors of all the past expereinces, present challenges, and even false narratives that play in our life and mind. Standing in a room full of mirrors, I thought of how much time I spent stuck in my life, or hiding behind fear and shame because I let myself be lost in false images.

The last several years of my life I’ve found a new way of looking at and navigating life. I have a personal coach, who listens to me, asks me great questions, and helps me realize and tap into potential and resources inside of myself that I never knew existed.

Then there is my spiritual director. They have walked with me through ups and downs, struggles to locate God in my circumstances and mostly held hope for me when I struggled to hold it on my own.

As a cancer patient I have had countless chaplains, doctors, nurses, and counselors come along side me in suffering. They gave me courage, healing and strength.

I had to leave the room of my distorted ‘mirrors’ and walk into the room filled with people ready to hold up a view of myself and my life I couldn’t see on my own. I’m different because of their help. C.S. Lewis describes it this way,

““Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

Wellevations gives us the chance to remove the smoke and mirrors and surround ourselves by skilled coaches, spiritual directors, counselors… we can know we aren’t the only one. More importantly so we can not just survive in life, but thrive. Go ahead and take the leap.

Learn more about Sherri Harder.