Summer of Authenticity: Fully Alive! [Kelly Gill]

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I absolutely adore working with positive people, and the piece below is written by one of my favorite positive persons (who’s also a client). Every session has her showing off her willingness to get her hands dirty, so to speak, to get to the growing. But growth isn’t always about hunkering down and dirty; sometimes it’s about flying high …


IMG_0958Today as I was driving down the freeway, I passed our local airport and watched a single-engine plane as it completed its taxi down the runway and then lift off into the air. As I watched the plane I thought of my friend Tom, who, at the age of 41, died earlier this year from cancer. I thought of Tom’s bright blue eyes, his hearty laugh, and his love of flying — he’d earned his pilot’s license just a year before he died.

After saying a little something to Tom, I started thinking about a plane flying. It’s a huge, heavy hunk of metal that, for physics reasons beyond my comprehension, can stay airborne, like it’s floating in the sky. And that made me think about people—all people: you, me…everyone. We’re not as heavy as a plane, so why can’t we fly? I don’t mean our bodies flying. I mean our spirits flying. What happens to our spirit that makes it heavier than a plane, so much so, that our spirit can’t soar like that plane does? I mean, if a huge, heavy hunk of metal can do it we should be able to do it, too.

That’s when I realized that we do fly. Sometimes we fly high above those puffy white clouds, and sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we’re like crop-dusters, barely off the ground. Sometimes we experience turbulence and dip a little, or a lot. Sometimes we crash, and those times suck, but they help us learn. And sometimes we gently land, simply because life gets a little too overwhelming and we just need a break or a little maintenance. Regardless of the quality of our flight though, we still fly. It’s just not always the high flying that we think is the only *real* flying.

Thanks, Tom, for drawing my attention to the plane, otherwise I wouldn’t have given it a second thought.


Kelly GillHello All!  Here’s a little bit about me… I’m a non-traditional student at Southeast Missouri State University, earning a B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Family Studies and Social Work. I am also a guest lecturer on issues pertaining to LGBT equality.  Last, but definitely not least, I am one of Dian’s clients and a student of Me. 

If you’d like, you can contact me on Facebook or Twitter.

Part of the Summer of Authenticity: Fully Alive! series, now available as a free eBook!


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June.27.2013 at 8.09 am


Rachel_Spangler June.19.2013 at 9.32 am

Awesome, I love it when cool people connect.

Dian Reid, CPCC June.19.2013 at 10.05 am

Thanks, Rachel! Isn’t this a great post? Thanks for being one of the degrees of connection =)

kellyg1137 June.23.2013 at 7.44 am

My client/coach experience demonstrates the “ripple effect” of one person’s actions on another. We all touch each others lives in ways we can’t even begin to understand. … I do believe I owe you one, Rachel. =)

SquarePegKaren June.19.2013 at 10.38 am

Kelly, I love this! We DO fly!! What a great post!!! My mind is going all over with this post – I’m thinking about how X-treme self-care is just plain ole good care and maintenance (can’t fly – at least long term – without it!) – also thinking of some of life’s experiences as flights/trips. Wow – thanks so much for this!

kellyg1137 June.23.2013 at 7.41 am

Karen, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. And you’re right about the self-care. There are days when I’m flying pretty high but I know down deep Scotty from Star Trek is saying in his Scottish accent, “I’m given ‘er all she’s got, Captain.”

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