St. Patrick’s life has a story to tell. His story is different from the lesson the world has deployed countless shills to teach us. The world drives home its lesson in both subtle and in-your-face messages in movies and television shows. Society desperately wants us to believe that a real man fights for everything he gets, overcomes obstacles, including other people that get in his way and he doesn’t stop, certainly not for any moral reasons, until he has attained a certain status – become lord of his own kingdom – by achieving success. However, there is a flaw in the lesson: it’s not true. St. Patrick’s life story proves it.
I’m standing atop this rickety, shaking pole some 50 feet above the ground wondering exactly how I’m going to get back to solid turf without breaking my back. The breeze seems like a gale force wind and I’m standing on a square hunk of board the size of a lunch tray. The problem is, another man is also standing on this tiny piece of real estate, way up in the air, because it’s a team-building event. Next, we get to leap into the air to try catching a trapeze bar hanging some 8 feet away at eye level. The thought of this makes my hands sweat and I can’t peel my eyes off the ground, so far away. Somehow I thought it would be great to be the first pair to go up the “power pole” at Prairie Star Ranch. Before I tell you of my leap of faith, though, let me tell you about the retreat. Continue reading “Set Your Soul on FIRE”