The Bends

Wow! Last night I finally got the opportunity to see a recital at the Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center in Los Angeles. I have been outside of this stunning building many times in the past and have been amazed at the architecture that features whimsical walls of curved sheets of stainless steel.

Outside shot of the WDCH
Outside shot of the WDCH

The walls do not follow straight lines or conform to what we see as “normal” construction. It plays with your eyes, mind, and imagination. Yet as fantastical as the outside is, the inside takes the themes and reproduces them in stunning wood, complete with curved panels. The ultimate punctuation is the massive pipe organ that occupies the far end of the hall.

Inside the WDCH
Inside the WDCH

So bring it around to recovery now, Paul. No problem. We are all complex individuals. The entire concept of “normal” is a farce that someone must have once proposed and somehow got people to buy-in to. There are very few straight lines in my life. As I drove home last night and reflected on the magnificent edifice that I had just been to I couldn’t help but think that one of the most often used phrases that the designer heard was “It can’t be done” or “that will never work”. People have certainly thought and said such things about me and my recovery. How often do we get labeled as “too broken to fix” or “beyond the reach of forgiveness”? If architect Frank Gehry had listened to the doubters we would never have this visual spectacle to enjoy. If we listen to the doubters, we might never attain a state of recovery.

So what is the take away from all of this? Go with your bends. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it can’t be done. You are an original work of art, created by the Master. Let the world see and enjoy you in all your resplendent glory!

-Rise Up!

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