Monday, August 31, 2020
Hey, You …
I was going to write about traffic-calming areas, y’all. I mean, metaphorically.
We all approach those areas in our lives where there is something to slow us down. And, maybe that’s not a bad thing.
Don’t get me wrong … I get annoyed when I approach one of those speed bump thingys. I try to map a different way around someplace I have to go regularly if I know those things are on the way.
But they are there, nonetheless. We usually just have to slow down, navigate the obstruction, and continue.
Yeah, speed bumps … traffic-calming areas.
And then, Chadwick Boseman died.
And there was the speed bump.
I didn’t know him, personally.
But all I needed to know was he was diagnosed four years ago and continued working. Working. Working. Working. Even when he had to be in pain, between surgeries and treatments, according to the family statement.
Suddenly, the thought of speed bumps was dwarfed to the very real commitment and action someone took to live.
Chadwick Boseman’s death isn’t about his death, to me. It’s all about his life. And, how he lived his life as if he were dying … because he was.
As model, actress, entrepreneur, Liris Crosse wrote, “Well Chadwick Boseman died EMPTY. He left it all here for us.”
I wonder if I’m living to die empty; or, if I’m living on empty trying to make my life full.
It’s worth reviewing. It’s worth a check-in now and again.
What is in my life?
What makes me full?
What traffic-calming areas do I need to build in my own life?
What can I stand to lose to make me EMPTY?
Chadwick quoted Erma Bombeck when he accepted one of his many awards …
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’
Thank you, Chadwick Boseman. Thank you, Black Panther.
Thank you, EMPTY.
I have work to do.
I have talent to spend.