Monday, July 17, 2006

Losing our Heads


"Off with her head!" cried the Red Queen. Dear Alice ran for her life, but she was only pursued by a pack of cards. So often the threats we flee are only a pack of cards.

But there are plenty of ways to lose our heads for real. And for Christians, this has some unusual consequences. You see, for us, it's not always fatal. For us, "When life whacks you so hard your head flies off, sew it back on and keep going."~ Mary Pierce ~ It's a possibility.

The Headless Horseman

The thing about being headless, is that it gives you a unique perspective. A little lower, humbler than everybody else. Sometimes it's the backward perspective, you know, from under the arm. Then there is the advantage of being able to actually throw your head at your attacker/pursuer/quarry. The anticipation of the satisfying "thwack" as new ideas hit the other guy is really worth the disadvantage of having to retrieve the head with the eyes actually disconnected from the hands. And of course, there is this supreme advantage: next time life aims at your head, it won't be where life expects it to be!


The Velveteen Rabbit
We all remember the story of the toy rabbit who mourned alone in the closet, pristine and perfect until the Boy lost his favorite cuddly and substituted the rabbit. The Boy's love for the rabbit cost him his glossy coat, his wiskers, an eye. Finally, the rabbit was the Boy's comfort through a bout of Scarlet Fever, and was tossed on the trash heap to be burned.

Loving people will cost you your ability to look good all the time. It will cost you your comfort. It will finally cost you your life, if you are faithful. But you, like the rabbit, will not be utterly consumed. You will become Real.

12 comments:

Darlene said...

I really like the way you summed that up. :)

Reverberate58 said...

Ver nice indeed! I think I have thrown my head a few times in the past few years!

eph2810 said...

You have the right 'perpective'. I think sometimes we has a like 'whack' in the head, especially when pride rears its ugly little head. Great summery, Kim :).
Great to visit with an 'old' friend.
Have a blessed Tuesday.

Sissy B. said...

Oh, I really like your perspective on this quote. You caught me off guard with Alice but inspired me with the Rabbit..thanks.

Clella said...

What a neat perspective! Thanks for sharing with us.

Amydeanne said...

loved the way you opened with Alice! I didn't think of that!

Anna said...

Different and unique perspective. Its neat to see the ways others view things.

Jana said...

Great take on this quote! Thanks for sharing that!

Lori F said...

Thanks for the reminder that "So often the threats we flee are only a pack of cards." I needed to hear that today!

Amy said...

what a great post, I can absolutely relate to alot of the things you've talked about here, btw thank you for commenting at my blog :-)

Nancze said...

Great thoughts and input on the quote. I know all those stories and you did a wonderful job of using them to express some great thoughts. God bless.

Vicki said...

Good post and interesting blog all round. I'm a little late joining in with the quote meme this week but hope you'll drop by.

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