Sometimes you find inspiration in the strangest places. Today I sit here watching “So You Think You Can Dance” and I have never been so moved and inspired by a performance. A young man, a contestant, dedicated his performance to the brother he recently lost. His performance was so powerful, so raw and so emotional that it moved me, the audience and even the judges to tears. His performance really got me thinking about life.
In Greek mythology, the Phoenix is an long lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is reborn. And like every great Greek myth, there is always a moral or a lesson to be learned from it. We regenerate much like the Phoenix. We do not die and come back to life of course. But we do face challenges in life and extraordinary changes. But like the Phoenix, we do have the ability to rise above them. In fact, many of these challenges and changes only serve to make us stronger, smarter, better. Sometimes, out of our darkest moments of our lives, comes the most extraordinary experiences. Experiences that would not have come had we not faced those dark moments. Take the young dancer. He faced the horrible pain of losing his brother, and then used that pain to share his beautiful gift with the world…something he might not have done had he not lost his brother to begin with.
The key is to be grateful for the challenges no matter how painful, and to be aware of what it is they are trying to teach us about ourselves. And most importantly, to not be afraid of failing as no matter what the odds, even if we do fail miserably and fall, we will rise again. As that is the cycle and the natural balance. Where we find challenge there is always support, where there is good there is always bad, and where we fall we will always rise again.