The reason we need to
be in search of awkward is that awkward is the barrier between us and
excellence, between where we are and the remarkable. If it were easy, everyone
would have done it already, and it wouldn’t be worth the effort. –Seth Godin
Tonight I heard Deena Burnett, widow of Flight 93 hero Tom
Burnett, speak at the Mall of America about her new book called, “Fighting Back”.
She spoke about living the example her
husband taught in courage, character and conviction. Her book focuses on living life beyond ourselves.
The most poignant message I took from her presentation was a
direction to “think about what you have lost, then think about what you have
left and finally think about the possibilities with what you have left.”
This isn’t always easy. Sometimes it is awkward to follow the possibilities. Sometimes we feel judged. Sometimes we feel abandoned. Sometimes we feel invalidated. But, many times we feel proud, relieved, satisfied,
content, enthused, or driven. I find
that when I seek to be brave and force myself through the awkwardness, the
possibilities are remarkable and worth my perceived resistance.