Well, I do every day running this blog. But ordinary people with extraordinary mightiness is the topic of today’s podcast. Sarah tells the story about how sitting on a park bench led her to meet an incredible mother who’d lost her child. And I share a bit about a departed friend, Ed Murphy.
We talk a lot here about modeling mightiness to our kids. We perhaps talk a bit less about who modeled mightiness to us and how it inspired us. The idea behind the podcast is if we could just collect these stories and broadcast them, there’d be more shit-kicking mightiness to go around.
Oh really, you faced THAT? And you got back up?
If you listened to our interview last week with Andrew G. Marshall, there’s a point where he’s talking about cheater FOO issues. The whole why cheaters cheat, how many can dance on the head of a pin sort of discussions the RIC loves. And I point out that many other people face challenges and don’t become abusers — so how do you explain them?
He gets flustered and turns it back on me, annoyed. “Well, I don’t know why some people don’t cheat, do YOU?”
I didn’t get to answer him, (I was trying to point out how dumb his rabbit hole was) — but yeah — the answer is character. Not only do some people face challenges without hurting others, but some people become more compassionate human beings as a result of their pain.
I won’t steal Sarah’s thunder — listen to the podcast (and also review it — and if you’re feeling extra generous sign up at Patreon to get it early and please help me pay the sound engineer). But in my story about Ed, what impressed me about the guy was he was always helping other people. I met him as a volunteer literacy teacher. Ed was a high school dropout from the Bronx. Joined the Marines at 17 and got his GED there. (This was during the Vietnam war). But he never forgot his own challenges, so he spent the 12 years before he died teaching algebra to GED students.
That’s character, Andrew.
Next week, we talk to a member of CN, Alysen. A woman who is really going to blow your socks off with her mightiness. I’m going to let you listen to the voicemail she left us here.
FOUR MONTHS PREGNANT WITH TWINS, people!
Do you have a mighty story?
No Tracy, I cannot top Alysen. I have a plant I can barely manage to water. I cannot conceive of single parenting four children.
All mightiness counts! We want your stories!
You can leave us a 90-second voicemail here.
So, CN on this Tuesday, tell me — who inspired you during the Troubles? What ordinary person showed you what extraordinary resilience looks like?