From Cheryl: I’m a little…I don’t know what…over this shooting in Orlando and as I asked Higgins for something to feel better they reminded me of the fellow interviewed on the news who was inside when the shooting started. He said he wasn’t going to die this way. Not today.
They lead me through a mental conversation and it went like this:
Speaker One: “It’s true, I’m going to die some day, some way. But I’m not going to die this way today.”
Speaker Two: “That’s not how life works.”
Speaker One stares blankly for a moment at speaker two.
Speaker One then says: “It is how life works. That’s exactly how it works.”
Speaker One continues: “You decide who you are so clearly that when someone else decides they are going to shoot someone, you will be far away. They may shoot someone but it won’t be you. It will be someone who is less clear about their life.”
Note: It is the clarity about what you are not that is important. (I’m not dying right now because I have something else to do and knowing that to be true in the core of your being.) The how of getting to who you are is different. Just be clear that you have something to share somewhere down the road of your life and be looking for avenues in which to do it.
Cheryl Jensen and Higgins