The Rabbi drew the Hebrew letter "Beth" on the big sheet of paper then turned to us and said, "Imagine this is a cow in a corral. All the other cows left, how's this cow stuck?"
Over the next few minutes we threw out ideas of why or how this cow was stuck. It was stuck in mud, it was facing the wrong direction, its long tail was stuck in the fence...
No matter what we came up with, we simply couldn't find the answer.
When we gave up, he asked with a smile, "Do you want to know how it's stuck?" All of us nodded and he mischievously said, "It's stuck in your mind! It's not stuck at all, you bought the idea of stuckness!"
And just like that, something shifted in me and I began asking myself, "Where have I bought into the idea of stuckness?" One place was in redesigning this website myself. After beginning the process, I became overwhelmed and shoved it into my mind's corral for eight months until I realized I'd bought my idea of being stuck.
Months before I told a friend about a work relationship I felt stuck in and this wise Sister of Mercy told me three times (after each of my rebuttals), "You're not stuck."
I couldn't see at the time how she could possibly be right. But after seeing the cow in the corral, I realized she'd been right all along! And in that moment my eyes saw the situation differently and out of the corral I stepped.
Kasey is a scarf, ball and club juggling spiritual director just outside of Nashville, TN. Play helps her Type-A, Enneagram 1 personality relax, creating space for poetry and other words to emerge. She also likes playing with theological ideas like perichoresis, and all the ways we're invited into this Triune dance.