The silver linings of cliches

It’s a hard thing to realize that one conforms to a cliche or stereotype… ‘happened to me yesterday… actually it happens to me frequently, but yesterday was striking.  Sitting in my room,tapping away at my iPad, I was trying to multitask.  I was building a parish website while drawing background inspiration from DC’s local NPR station (WAMU)… and it hit me, “Geez am I a millennial!”  At first, like so many in my cohort, I brayed at the very notion of labeling… even self-labeling.  Then, I remembered that there is an upside to everything, even stereotypes, even cliches.

For better or worse, people tend to live “seventy years, eighty for those who are strong” as the Psalmist tells us.  And those years, in which we all find ourselves in some sort of social grouping, are nurtured by some positive goods.   I mean they have to be present or we’d die, right?  Even we espresso drinking, iPad tapping, label rejecting millennial shave some great things going for us; among them are the free exchanges and sharing we experience through podcasts and the like.  Consider listening to two particularly inspiring ones here both from the Moth Radio Hour:

The Story of Jonah Lehrer

The Epic of Ed Gavagan 

Both are great witnesses to the experience of loss and the tremendous possibilities for growth when we finally embrace the reality of what’s happened to us.  In other words, how to embrace the cross and come out resurrected on the other side.  Enjoy.