A sense of humor comes in handy in a lot of situations that could otherwise be uncomfortable and unnerving. As previously written, my first flight on the way to Red Mountain Resort for my guest speaker gig created a sense of appreciation for life as well as a heightened state of consciousness for how one reacts in situations such as those presented. (See Potholes in the Sky entry.) The sense of bargaining between life and death is always sure to raise one’s awareness about where a person has been and where they want their life to go once they can calm their heart rate and get back to a more mundane, yet intentional life.
When flying these days, I pretty much expect that there will be delays or other glitches that will inhibit a 100% worry free day from occurring. On this particular day, both flights held some excitement, room for expansion of consciousness, and, yes, quite a bit of humor.
So, after “Potholes in the Sky” experience, I made it to my connecting flight, boarded without issue, buckled up, and sat back after the cabin door was closed, then…….. nothing. We waited. And waited. And after about 25 min, the captain greeted us through the intercom and says “well, we’re sorry for the delay, but the guys down loading the baggage said there are a few screws loose on the plane, so it will b a while before we can leave the gate”. My attention immediately split into two co-developing thoughts: 1) “Hmmm… after the last flight, I’d rather they notice the loose screws and take care of them before we get in the air.” (I actually said something to this effect to the couple sitting next to me while chuckling.), and 2) You should never tell a psychologist who sees the world as an existential canvas that there are “a few screws loose on the plane”.
In my world, we all have screws loose. We wouldn’t be experiencing the human condition if we didn’t all need “tightening up” in one way or another. I recently used the words “earth school” with someone when explaining that we are all here to learn from our experiences. He hadn’t heard it put that way, but agreed with the description since he and I see the world through spiritual eyes.
The truth is, the human condition breaks us down—it loosens our foundation, undoes the nuts and bolts that hold us together, jolts and throws us around at times, and pretty much makes our lives wobbly and disheveled. My job is to help people learn about their vulnerabilities and reconstruct their lives to be stronger, more durable, and less affected by anything else that may happen in the future. That’s evolution, folks. Growing beyond the bumps and bruises and tightening our understanding of ourselves, those in our life, the world, and anything beyond.
If we had it all figured out, we wouldn’t have loose screws, we’d be dead. In other words, as long as you are aware that there are things to work on, you are on the right path. It’s those who aren’t aware or aren’t interested in learning and growing that concern me the most. I can’t for the life of me understand how that is a fulfilling way to live. But perhaps that is a point I need to explore.
Our consciousness requires us to explore the loose screws. Sometimes we even have to remove them, whether they be people, jobs, locations, etc. in order to determine if these are really what we need to secure our path. If there is no stability that these things provide, it could very well be the case that the loose screws need to be replaced. Our faulty thinking, biases, familial influences, bad habits, etc. all metaphorically represent loose screws as well. And yet, many of us maintain bad relationships, unhealthy work environments, and undesirable ways of living rather than replacing or removing these faulty aspects of our lives.
So, I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly inspecting my foundation and structure to see where the weak points are. I try improve what I can when I can, but I’m also well aware that I need to recheck those nuts and bolts periodically to make sure nothing in life has come loose. That’s soul health. And that’s evolution.
It’s a good thing I just bought a new cordless screwdriver. There’s a lot of work to be done.