it ain’t me, babe…

My word for this year is LEARN.  

So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons.   Some may seem more significant than others, but they’ve all changed how I live my life in powerful way.   I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.  

lesson3There is a center of The Universe and it ain’t me.

I can’t remember the exact day, but I do remember it happened in November 1968.   I came home from school and told my parents I’d learned about the Solar System.    I was gobsmacked.

I so remember feeling amazed by the realization that not only was the I not the center of the Universe, but the Earth wasn’t, either.

That night, I laid in bed pondering how I couldn’t wrap my brain around how BIG The Universe is.   That pondering helped me realize why ~ the day before ~ my parents had tried to explain to me why I couldn’t get 20 new outfits for school, just because my friend had.   I got my first glimpse that there was something bigger than me.

Who knew?

I was ten.

This is a lesson I’m given the opportunity to learn over and over.  I learned it that next summer ~ when this man named Neil Armstrong spoke to us from the moon.  A few years later,  I learned it when I heard people crying about a song called Abraham, Martin and John.  And I continue to learn it daily, when I bare witness to the stories of … well to the stories of anyone I’m willing to stop and really hear.

This whole not being the center of The Universe may have been disappointing at first.

Lately, it’s a pretty humbling relief.

How have you experienced this lesson?

4 thoughts on “it ain’t me, babe…

  1. This lesson pops up in my life on a regular basis….. so much so that I can’t identify any one example that stands out. It is a great reminder though and yes, very humbling!!!!!

  2. Great post, Lisa. It’s one thing to be reminded that we’re not the center of the universe, and a totally different thing to learn not to ACT as if we are, anyway….

  3. Sometimes I think I’m the center of the universe and other times invisible and unnecessary. These days I know I matter to some and not so much to others. And that is just ok.

  4. Judi, i’m glad you’re paying attention to this lesson, too!

    Linda, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh how true. and how TOUGH! thanks for the gentle reminder.

    amma/Robin, yup, both ARE OK. whew…

    THANKS for joining in, ya’ll. thanks too, to those who replied privately. this is a tender topic. i honor your participation…

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