by Stephanie Rochelle Redd
I love a good underdog story.
Whether it’s the Philadelphia Eagles flying high in the Super Bowl or the Houston Astros soaring to victory in the World Series, you can generally find me cheering in the corner of the one who’s been counted out. That’s why – in case you were looking – you could’ve found me at the ProArts Theater on Maui a couple nights ago, championing the greatest underdog of all time–Charlie Brown.
Growing up, I was hooked on primarily three things: Oreos, chocolate milk, and movies about Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang. Every weekend, my parents would take me to the video store to rent movies…on VHS tapes. (Yes, Millennials, it’s true.) And every weekend, I’d choose movies from Charles Schulz’s vast array of Charlie Brown’s misadventures.
There was something about Charlie Brown with which I identified. Or maybe it was Lucy and her self-assured and self-obsessed attitude that I detested yet somewhat admired that struck a chord with me. Or maybe it was Linus and his way of positing thought-provoking philosophies while posing firmly with his blankie that held my attention. Or maybe it was Sally and her unbridled passion for Linus which she expressed again and again and again that I, as a kid, gagged over but I, as a romantic, fell head over heels for that caught my fancy.
Nope. It was Charlie Brown.
Whether we’d like to admit it or not, we’ve all felt like Charlie Brown at some point(s) in our lives–or, for much of our lives. Counted out of the in-crowd. Cast down by the higher-ups. Bullied, belittled and bested by ‘the best’. We all know what it feels like to be an underdog. So, too, we all have the opportunity to rise.
No, we may never win a Super Bowl or a World Series championship, but we can win the game of life by simply being the best versions of ourselves. That doesn’t mean to strive for ‘perfection’ though; it means to strive for truth.
“The truth is the mirror that never breaks. We can hold it up to anything or anyone and it will always reveal itself. Our individual truths are reflections of this universal truth; they embody the same principle, just in different frames to meet our individual specifications.” ~ Chapter 2: “Self-Compassion”, Part 3: How to Love Yourself by Stephanie Rochelle Redd
We are guaranteed winners when we are being our true selves, as God created and intended us to be. Talking with truth from our hearts. Walking in truth with our faith. Seeing ourselves and others as we and they truly are with the loving eyes of God. This is better than Wheaties for breakfast, folks. Living in truth is the life of champions!
While it took the Peanuts crew about two hours – plus intermission – to see through Charlie Brown’s shortcomings and value the truth of his goodness, we don’t have to wait that long, nor do we need others’ validation. We can choose, right now, to see our own true goodness – in all its unique glory – and talk it and walk it in ways that only we uniquely can.
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