MAY Newsletter 2019

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

I (Brooke) want to thank you for letting me share my unique point of view. It makes me smile when someone says to me, “I never thought of it that way.”

The other day I was contemplating Lesson 2 of A Course in Miracles. It says: “I have given everything I see (…) all the meaning that it is has for me.” I have thought about this lesson from time, to time and at each instance I have felt empowered. I even have a story that really gave me a surefire example.

Derrick Hough (performer, dancer, probably best known for winning Dancing with the Stars) was sharing a story about his life. Ladies, if you don’t know him, please Google him. He takes the term ‘easy on the eyes’ to a whole new level; but I digress. On an episode of the World of Dance, he turned to his co-judges Jennifer Lopez and NE-YO and asked, “Did I ever tell you about the time I did my very first backflip?” Jennifer and NE-YO shook their heads “no”, so Derrick went ahead with his story.

He said that a long time ago he was at an event in England in front of the queen at Buckingham Palace. Rod Stewart was performing. Someone asked him to do a backflip. He very honestly said, “I have never done one before.” The person making the request said, “Then pack up your bags and leave. That is the only thing we needed you to do.” Derrick, seeing the opportunity slipping through his fingers, faked it and said, “Oh, a backflip! You British call it something different.” So he mustered up all his athletic prowess and made an attempt at doing something he had never even tried. Things went horribly wrong and he actually landed on top of Rod Stewart.

My first thought was, “I would pay for that footage; if there is some”. My second thought was, “if this had happened to me, I would have never shared it with anyone.” I may have let it scar me for life. If I had been brave enough to share it, I might have given it the meaning: “the day my life got ruined”, or “the day I let myself into the witness protection program and became Amish”, or “the day I needed to get my fingerprints filed off so I would never be identified”. The fact that he so casually shared the story in front of a camera (and millions of people), tells me that the meaning he gave to the incident was no big deal; something funny. I think if he had let the situation shame him, he may not be living the beautiful life he is living today.