By Shannon Parish
you ever sat on your living room couch watching another old adventure movie
where the hero or heroine is telling their counterpart in the movie, "Don't
look down" as they climb a steep cliff, or sky scraper, or trapeze rope?
that matter, have you ever been some where high up, perhaps as a child, when you
yourself was told, "Don't look down!" Remember that dizzying
feeling and the knot that gripped your stomach as fear shot through your
circus performers are trained on the tight rope, they don't start at the top,
they start at the bottom, walking on a line drawn on the floor. Then they
walk a rope that is only a few inches off the ground. Over and over they
repeat the feat until they can do it blindfolded. As they master one
level, the rope is raised and they begin again with the slightly larger
and higher the rope moves until a net is finally needed. Day after day
they repeat their training and exercises, conquering fear and
familiarizing themselves with the act until they could do it in their sleep.
the day of the big show comes, and they face the pressure of being watched by
thousands of people. What tremendous joy and exhilaration it must be to
the performer, when after completing the final sequence of their act, the roar
of the crowd meets their ears in deafening applause! Leaping to the ground
after jumping into the net, and back-flipping from the border ropes, they stand
before their great cloud of witnesses and take a bow. They've run the
race, they've been faithful, they did not give up, but instead pushed through
weariness, skinned knees and bruised pride to obtain the reward of their labors!
you feel like giving up - remember how far you've come. Look up! Don't
look down! Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also! Stepping
in front of my first crowd of women, who for the first time were going to
'suffer through' my speaking, I felt that sensation of falling after reaching
too high in my ambitions. The enemy shouted in my ears "Fake!
Imposter! Who are YOU to be in front of these women?" Then, just like
one who finds himself struggling for oxygen at a high altitude I faced my
fears. Closing my eyes it was if the Holy Spirit was telling me,
"Don't look down" "Look up!" "Keep
had a choice. I could stop and back down in defeat, or cast caution to the
wind, ignore the one who came from "down there" and look to the one
who reigned on high...and push my way through the panic. As a whisper I
heard these tender words in my heart, "Perfect love casts out
intense love for all of us and He loved his daughters who sat before me. He desired a willing vessel to
pour out that love to them. What did I have to lose? I've enjoyed
speaking to women ever since! Now I've climbed another mountain. One
I was told I could not climb because it wasn't for 'people like us'. It's
a mountain of dreams and a vision so big that at times it takes my breath
away. . . and I'd love for you to join me.
Imagine a network of people
who are willing to lay aside interpretations and opinions to agree on absolutes.
Imagine those same people cooperating with one another and freely sharing
resources, wisdom, encouragement and ideas.
Now imagine those same people actually impacting their communities, their cities
and the world for good - and not just talking about it. From
experience I can tell you - its a lot more fun and incredibly interesting when
you work with others and not alone.
A Cartoonist, Graphic Facilitator and Creative Life
Coach, Shannon Parish devotes her life
to encouraging those who are fed up with the 'status-quo' and are determined
and pursue their purpose and destiny in life through one-on-one mentoring,
facilitated workshops and retreats.
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