Clichés are often myths turned into legends. Many are accepted at face value, unquestioned if only because they have been around for a long time. I find that some of the great ones encourage us to do the impossible. Sometimes it works. On other occasions the outcome is very different!
As I listen to inspiration rhetoric, I find myself wondering about the original story for a cliché. What was its context? Who were the characters involved? How did their relationships lead to the birth of the cliché? Is our understanding now based on truth or mythology?
There is always a larger story, especially when one starts with a headline.
On a day of pranks and myths, I wonder about the context to a statement of David’s; “Fearless now, I trust in God; what can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56.11)
Many have taken inspiration from his words, metaphorically jumping off tall buildings and running in burning situations. While I do not want to discourage anyone who has the courage to help others in need, I do wonder about the larger story. Am I willing to hear it for what it is?
I would like to believe that I am wiser with age and experience. At times it may be so, but much of the time I still make rookie mistakes! I am way overdue for a good story, one that fills me with inspiration in context, infuses me with truth filled courage, and comes laced with hope. I know they are all around me. I see and hear glimpses of them daily The key to hearing lies in slowing down, taking the time with openness and a willingness to imagine the unimaginable.
As rushed as days were and are, I look back and see more time available to me than I thought I had at the time. We are surrounded and inundated with stories – myths illustrating principles and values, truths filled with hope and inspiration. I want to embrace at least one today. As soon as I do, I hope I find another.