Monday, August 25, 2014

We Are Human



Some days are for digging deep into thought, floating on the current of real world problems and questions of war and peace and how on earth can we ever have both?

Some days are meant for the hard work of the soul, for recalibrating, mining truth, crossing our hearts for change and heart-felt compassion, knowing when enough is simply enough.

Scratch that. All days are meant for those things.

But the truth is, the floors still need to be swept. There are so many unholy things wrapped in dust bunnies and hiding under the couch. (I am not speaking figuratively here. Just fyi.)

We're out of milk no matter how hard we wish we weren't, and the sitter comes at 5:15 and, you know, the kids will want dinner.

There are piles of piles and letters to mail and our hearts thumps inside our chests because life never stays simple long enough.

We crave this salad but first it's got to be made and we want our legs to be less wobbly. Our minds, too.

We feel God moving and shaping and pulling us like taffy but for the love, we're finally ready to make the downstairs bathroom look cute.

It doesn't feel necessary to explain (again) why you end up with so many different parts of me. I'm just here in last night's wonky ponytail and my XL Ball State t-shirt, waving my human-flag. I'm raising my mug of Pure Kenya Tea - to all of us!

We're creative and scattered complex and we cannot be penned. We weren't wired to be pensive all the time. If that were the case, God never would have invented zinnias or 5-year olds or Mindy Kaling. We can't always be serious or burdened because, hello, there's salsa in the fridge and a hot guy waiting on the couch with the TV remote in his hand.

So we multi-task. We let the deeper business marinate while we take the lighter road.

We live here and there; in our heads and way, way out in the open, where all we are is simply us, fully human, asking questions and doing our best to live out loud.

Don't ever apologize that you don't read enough, you aren't consistent or scheduled enough, your vocabulary isn't big enough, your clothes aren't stylish enough, your home isn't clean or pretty enough, or that you always burn the stew.

What you are is brave and needy and scared and wild.

(Me, too.)

You're lazy and powerful and so tired.
You're thoughtful and kind and sometimes, you're rude.

(Me, too.)

We aren't a shiny colony of robots. I don't want that lie. I don't like it and if you try to convince me it's real, you will lose me. We're ridiculous, hilarious, random, shy, way-imperfect people. With the forehead-wrinkles and the kids who went to school in yesterday's socks to prove it.

We are so on it, party people.
We've got this. But only, only, only because we sure know we don't.

So we bare our guts and admit when we're wrong and talk about silly things like George Clooney's baby and what's showing at the movies and how she won't sleep through the night. Oh, and that we will never care enough to scrub our floors as often as we should.

It's Monday, guys.

<clink!>

Be human with me.

25 comments:

  1. yes. we are all the things. some days i just need to do the next thing in front of my face that is unselfish and helpful to others.

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  2. i love these words. i love real and human more than anything. thank you for typing words that echo my soul. happy human monday!

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  3. Oh man, I have a house FULL of floors that need scrubbing. Oh yes, the two year old grandson is coming tomorrow. So why bother!

    I thought I would get it all together as I got older and the nest got empty but no, it doesn't seem worth all the trouble so we just roll with what we get each day and we are fine with that.

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  4. George Clooney is having a baby??? I hope it's a mini George because that would make the world a better place.

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  5. i will clink my O'Doyle Rules tea mug to this post any day!
    love the reminder that we are all human...especially on a monday!

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  6. my 'clink' disappeared but it was there! Amen to my fellow humans!

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  7. Absolutely human over here! I was just going to write about it. Thanks for the inspiration.. :)

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  8. I agree with Lana - as we get older, we tend to simplify and not let little stuff get to us (but I assure you.....we still run out of milk AND bread - and I have no good excuse LOL) HUGS oxox

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  9. Haha, amen! And yay for the picture of Chucks :-)

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  10. George Clooney is having a baby?? How did I miss this?
    Clink.

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  11. Truth! I am so feeling this tonight! Just tired of carrying the banner and need to be human for a bit! I love how you speak what the rest of us want to say!! Big Clink to Monday, to being human, and to the Grace of God that covers our crazy, wonky selves!

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  12. Agreed! Each time I make pancakes, I set off the smoke alarm. Every time. And yet I make pancakes from scratch, love making them and just don't want to have to turn down the heat (because they just don't cook the same). My bright side is that at least we never have to worry about testing the smoke alarm. And the days that we get both the main floor and upstairs smoke alarm going? We know it's gonna be a big, good batch of yummy pancakes :)

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  13. Omigoodness!! Thank you for this post. For making me feel so squishy and sunny and NORMAL!

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  14. My first comment got lost in cyber space. I gushed something like this: You are my soul sister. After a day of feeling the weight of simply having nothing, let alone brilliant, to say on a Monday, and choosing to (gasp) not write on my blog...this post is putting words to my heart song. Thanks, girl. My frivolous, burdened, goofy, exhausted, easily distracted, always realigning heart is grateful.

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  15. 'We live here and there' - yes. Sometimes it's nice not to have all the words because someone else will say it- thanks for saying it for me today!

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  16. My other comment flew off somewhere so here is what I was saying I appreciate you being honest and admitting what I feel . I loved your Instagram post about being real and not insular last night. It's what I've said for a long time . The mission field is just as much in your own backyard as overseas . There arre so many people who need god right here we just need to step outside our comfort zones and see ,.

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  17. I SO needed this today. Thank you Shannon... for being human... and encouraging us in our humanness!
    -Kelly

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  18. Oh heavens, I love this post. I might just print it out and paste it to my wall. Clink.

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  19. Amen and Amen.

    "We are so on it, party people.
    We've got this. But only, only, only because we sure know we don't."

    Story of my life. Story of my posts. The tension that is my everyday: on it but not on it. : )

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  20. I am more human than ever these days...trying not to apologize. And tonight homemade salsa and a bit of TV is on the agenda. Appreciate you and your human-ness Ms. Shannan. More than you will ever know.

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  21. I used to think that maybe we were separated at birth, but now I'm very sure! You write the words I didn't even know I was thinking! Someday I'm just going to have to drive to Goshen from Virginia to tell you all that your blog has meant to me for the last four years! (I talk, not write;). I clink salsa jars with you, hug you, and thank God for the beautiful, real, and encouraging person He made you!

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  22. Wonderful, beautiful post. Thank you!

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