Journey Home on Two Wings

“For everything in this journey of life we are on, there is a right wing and a left wing: for the wing of love there is anger; for the wing of destiny there is fear; for the wing of pain there is healing; for the wing of hurt there is forgiveness; for the wing of pride there is humility; for the wing of giving there is taking; for the wing of tears there is joy; for the wing of rejection there is acceptance; for the wing of judgment there is grace; for the wing of honor there is shame; for the wing of letting go there is the wing of keeping. We can only fly with two wings and two wings can only stay in the air if there is a balance. Two beautiful wings is perfection. There is a generation of people who idealize perfection as the existence of only one of these wings every time. But I see that a bird with one wing is imperfect. An angel with one wing is imperfect. A butterfly with one wing is dead. So this generation of people strive to always cut off the other wing in the hopes of embodying their ideal of perfection, and in doing so, have created a crippled race.”

C. Joybell C.


Journey Home on Two Wings — 4 Comments

  1. Welcome home, Julie! This was my favorite video.

    Thank you for your response to the themes you heard repeated on your journey, and for being a model of compassion and thoughtful civic engagement.

    Peace and love and hugs.

  2. Thank you for being our ears and eyes. It takes someone like you to do this kind of mission – not everyone has the temperament. Hope your re-entry into the routine goes swimmingly. Though I’m still 2500 miles away, I’ll be thinking of you and your family on election night!

    That beautiful quote from C. Joybell C. sounds so familiar. Truth is truth, whatever the source. It resembles one of your favorite scriptures, Ec 3, or Yin/Yang (or Star Trek, or…)

  3. Just got back from service at a small church called Aina Haina Baptist. Like most churches, the pastor gave no recommendation on who or who not to vote for, but did remind us that if our candidate does not win, to remember that God is still sovereign. The sermon was coincidentally on 1 Corinthians 13, and interestingly included these two interpretive paraphrases:

    “Love does not talk too much, but listens well.” (I thought of you immediately.)

    “Love is not easily angered, it does not let someone else get under their skin.” (I thought of a certain debate I saw recently.)