I see this scene as a great illustration of what it’s like to be human.
We are each of us like the Italian clown car. We contain these different aspects that seem to contradict each other.
There are parts of us that believe, that have faith in magic and other impossible things. And then there are parts of us that doubt and are deeply skeptical.
Often we judge the parts of us that doubt. We get down on ourselves for not having 100% perfect faith 100% of the time.
But here’s the thing: we don’t need 100% concord. We don’t need a consensus for miracles to happen. When In Rome drove that truth home for me. (Groan-worthy pun intended.)
The magician says that everyone in the car must believe in order for the museum doors to open … but several people don’t believe, and still the doors open.
Some people have faith and some don’t, but they all make it into the Guggenheim anyway.
Welcome All of Who You Are
Here’s my challenge for you today: to welcome all parts of yourself and accept them as part of your story.
Welcome the credulous and the skeptical, the faithful and the doubting. They’re all there for a reason; they all belong to you.
And notice what doors open when you let belief drive, when you let even a smidgen of faith take the wheel.
Here’s what I know for sure:
Even a little bit of belief changes everything.
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Friends, this week’s essay is excerpted from an edition of Your Weekend Wish, the email series I’ve been sending out weekly this summer. The series is now coming to a close; thank you for reading!
It’s a gift to share stories with you, yet it’s also a gift to take pause and rest. I’ll be taking a five week blogging sabbatical in order to focus on my health and relationships. I plan to return with new stories on Tuesday, September 26th.
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