The story of a global flood is found embedded in cultures the world over, each recounting an inundation that wiped out the majority of the world’s population. According to all, everyone died except for those who heard that an inundation was coming and prepared. The preparation was building a habitat in which they could survive, a big boat we know as the Ark. I don't know about you, but while I have the ability to dream big, I can't quite conceive of a ship capable of carrying everything necessary to rebuild the world when the waters finally receded.
Where the story originated is —like many things— the subject of dispute. However, what’s of particular interest to me is that this is a point of agreement between the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions. The book of Genesis in the Torah, and the Quran all talk about a man named Noah and on teachers on all three sides of this fence agree that he was a righteous man of action for took what he heard led to a believing that it was as ‘true’, and he rose to the task given him; to work out his own salvation. Tales abound about how he was mocked, ridiculed and scorned by family, friends and neighbors who thought he was nuts, yet, he kept on building, refusing to deny his inner knowing —and whatever evidence he’d been shown— that a planetary clean-up was coming in the form of a storm of unimaginable proportions. Noah’s personal qualities and responsive actions make it clear today how others will work beside one who displays a strong will and a coherent capacity to lead without micro managing. Stories tell how he made sure that those with the competence were given the tasks that needed to be done. According to this story by living his own truth, Noah’s actions preserved his life; saved his family; those who worked with him before the water began to rise.
Think about it: you and me, the Royal We and the global zoo, life that arose out of stardust, are descendants of one who followed his vision and accepted his task, to build a boat. Noah and those who helped build the boat, took the long ride on his ship, a group of people with the ability to live and breathe through what sounds unbelievable. Such radical trust is clearly a quality that was and is necessary to rebuild when our worlds –inner and outer—are destroyed. I have no doubt that their time on-board the Ark led to many situations where they had to fine-tune their emotional skills in order to keep from throwing themselves or someone else overboard without a life ring. Such skills are essential to rebuild the foundation for the Future we inhabit today.sential to rebuild the foundation for the Future we inhabit today.
Food for thought today
- How are you doing with lovingly taking care of your body?
- Are you trusting your heart?
- What are you doing to lift your attitudes when situations get heavy?
- Who do you know loves you unconditionally, accepting the realities of your warts and farts and growing with you through every false start?
- What do you love doing?
- What are best your skills?
- What in your life needs to be clarified or fine-tuned?
- How are you using your time?
- What sends your spirit into flight?