I wouldn’t have thought our customers were so deeply spiritual, but whenever we’ve asked what drives you, we get a lot of responses affirming faith.
With that in mind, I thought you’d dig a book that was recently recommended to me, Falling Upward by Richard Rohr.
Father Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico province and has written more than twenty books. In Falling Upward he explores the idea that our life is made up of two halves. In the first half, we build our identity, and in the second half we use the identity to accomplish our life’s work.
This is a generally foreign concept in today’s world of moving through 6-10 different careers in the course of a life and constantly reinventing and rebuilding yourself, but its foreignness doesn’t make it false.
As Fr. Rohr points out repeatedly, we (especially we Americans) tend to spend almost all of our lives building our identity. I am a…. I was a…. I will be a…
It reminds me of the emptiness of acquiring things, most clearly represented to me by my former passion for “collecting” countries I’d traveled to. Up through my late 20s, I felt that travel was the most important thing to be done, and that counting all those places I visited was I how I could keep track of my progress not just as a traveler but as a human!
I would proudly mark down a new country every time I visited it and if you had met me back then I would have made sure to have dropped my “number” early in the conversation. At some point I stopped doing that. In fact, I can’t remember the number I used to hold so dear.
I began to rest in the idea that the number wasn’t important, it was the overall set of experiences that gave me a new understanding of the world, and that certainly couldn’t be reduced to a number.
I released the idea of being a traveler with a number of countries ranked against other travelers with more or less countries, and accepted in its place that all the learning I had done while traveling was what I should be using in order to deepen my experience and understanding of the world.
This isn’t to say that was the final lesson, or that I now have it all figured out. As I read through Fr. Rohr’s book, I realized that many of us follow this same path of frantically building an identity and forget to actually use what we’ve built.
Many of us don’t get (or make) the time to think deeply on our purpose or acknowledge our spirituality however it manifests. Immersing into Fr. Rohr’s world through his writing was a superb and joyful reminder of both the work done to arrive in the present, and the glorious work that awaits us in the future.
If you find yourself looking for guidance or in need of unvarnished advice, I think you’ll find far more than you bargained for in the pages of this book.
To life, discovery, and an ever deepening connection to our spiritual selves!
Too much reading...
How about dessert?