About Rowena

Hello, my name is Ro, and I believe that it is possible for you to turn your ordinary life into an extraordinary life - to find true happiness, while remaining, selfless, mindful and compassionate towards other living beings. Here at my blog, I interview and post articles by musicians, writers, world travelers, humanitarians and other amazing individuals who are doing just that. I also share with you various anecdotes about my own totally awesome existence as a musician, composer, journalist, environmentalist, and compassionati. My hope is to connect with you, enlighten you, inspire you and lead you down the path to true happiness. Compassion is always in fashion and it starts with you loving that most important of people, yourself.

April 8, 2011

Grace - The Lesson in Waiting, by: Terry Christopher

Terry Christopher

We frail humans are at one time capable of the greatest good and, at the same time, capable of the greatest evil. Change will only come about when each of us takes up the daily struggle ourselves to be more forgiving, compassionate, loving, and above all joyful in the knowledge that, by some miracle of grace, we can change as those around us can change too.
Mairead Maguire

There is a huge and endless amount of GRACE that is afforded to each of us as we journey along the path of life. As we proceed, undoubtedly we will make mistakes, be completely wrong, and sometimes with the sheer perfection worthy of a Gold Medal from the Olympics, do a complete face plant along the way. The amazing thing about our process is those moments are not etched in stone as a done deal and can be undone, forgiven, and resolved. For those living in this world beyond themselves and in a cognitive awareness of others, the GRACE of this life comes into play in these instances as we pick ourselves up and right the wrongs we may have executed.

The GRACE is that those big enough to acknowledge an error, misstep, harsh judgment or otherwise are given the allowance to correct what has been done wrong. We have all done it. We have all been there. The allowance of the bottomless bank account of GRACE requires one to have the COURAGE to stand up and say I was wrong/I am sorry. Sometimes and sadly, some people just never get there. It is my own belief as I have seen in my own steps and growth (and I am very much a work-in-progress) that when that GRACE is overlooked, ignored, or forgotten, that lesson-in-waiting will come back around until it is learned. Hello…clue phone is ringing for you.

An amazing conversation took place this past week which involved two different perspectives of GRACE. A while back a friend came to me to apologize for something that had come between us. I heard him out and accepted his apology and offered my own. In our recent conversation of this moment, I realized there was a HUGE lesson for me in that moment that had taken place back then. It wasn’t about the RIGHT or WRONGNESS of this situation, but it was to see and grasp the GRACE of his action by acknowledging and being willing to repair the issue at hand. It was during the conversation last week that I said how THANKFUL I was that he thought enough of me and our friendship to make that effort and his response to my gratitude was so simple and complex at all the same time. He said, THANK YOU to me for being willing to listen. He said you could have easily hung up on me and been done with it but instead you chose to hear me out and listen. I have to say that what made this so easy for us to resolve was the level headedness of the conversation and the fact that there were never any justifications tossed about to defend any action(s) as to try to make the issue less than it was or absolving of any responsibility. And that is true and pure example of GRACE being successfully applied to each of our lives. We listen. We learn. We grow in our own GRACE and where there is GRACE, there is HEALING, there is HEART and there is HOPE.

Dream. Reach. Live. Do.
-Terry Christopher

Ro's Notes: 

Terry, a regular guest blogger for Rousing Rowena, is a New York based, award winning singer-songwriter, and I am a fan of his as well as a friend.   I hope that you enjoyed his most recent contribution as much as I have.   His contributions to this blog are always from the heart, very positive and extremely inspiring!    For more information about Terry and his music please click on Terry Christopher.

1 comment:

Chris VonTanner said...

You are just as stated, inspiring, uplifting and in your words, "I wish you lived closer!".
with love and respect my sweet man, Chris VonTanner