Our Heroic Job – Let’s OWN It!


“We are illuminated and fueled by the light people recognize radiating from within us, if only they have hearts to see.”

These weeks of transition from across the country to here, old friends honoured and released (in body only), new and kindred friends rediscovered, building a place and space for us anew, have had their joys and challenges… but today I caught a glorious glimpse of Divine insight.

We are finding our way and returning to the flow and essence of who we are no matter where we find our home.

Last week and again today, I watched our boys open their generous hearts to strangers who became instant, treasured friends and understood in a mere moment that the journey we have chosen and the guidance we have offered is somehow working! 🙂

LifeSchooling is not always easy (shocker) and as with anything we are passionate about and that matters deeply to our soul, we are often left bare and sometimes wondering if we are on the right track at all. I have had these moments, many of them, but when I do I am old enough and I pray wise enough to release worldly doubts and turn within for strength and truth and then, keep on keeping on, even when the trees seem thick and the forest unseen.

My job, as I see it, and as I express regularly (perhaps ad nauseum to our boys) is twofold:

1. To get out of the way as often and as practically as possible for them to express the spirited journey the Universe (for us, a Universal God) has embarked on with them.

2. To remind them and never let them forget the true essence of that Divine soul within them, especially when the world (with all its intentions, be them good or ill) threatens to pull them off course. This comes with some Nos to the norms of our current society and many Yeses (disguised as those Nos, sometimes) to honour, cultivate and empower that innately wise spirit and voice they possess within, for the higher good of all.

And then there are days when it seems to crash in and we must regroup, rebuild, have many discussions or solo time to center and, well, pick ourselves up and try again.

These weeks have seen us falling and tripping and the boys bickering and jostling for first and ‘mine’ and then tumbling into a pool of tears together and coming home to love, time and again. Change can be tough on wee ones as their routines and sense of place can be shaken often and by the will of others.

I never doubted they’d make it, but I couldn’t have anticipated the strength and courage and soulfullness that would develop as a result.

As these boys grow and find their way in expressing the soul within in the world, quite separate from anything I might have influence over, I am reminded that …They are here to teach me.

The awesome kiddos in the pic above were visiting Calgary from Northern California, originally from Lebanon having moved to the US for work opportunities. This was their first trip to Canada.
With an open, natural flow that is true of our boys, Liam and Nathaniel, approached these awesome, fun children, introduced themselves and began to play. They had a day of it and Todd and I commented to one another how lovely this family must be to have such beautiful, connected, kind kids.
Well, we had occasion to talk with their parents and realized how right we were.
We talked of Canada and it’s friendliness and the economic philosophy held by most in this beautiful country, that we are a ‘salad bowl’ (yes an official term I learned in high school)…a place where people come to live but also to bring the cultures and traditions of their homelands to add to the mix.
This is one of the reasons after my years of travel that I came home to settle.
But most revealing of all within the nuances of our conversation was this lovely woman’s impression of our boys, of how wonderful and welcoming they were, something she felt quite rare.
By the end of our time we were exchanging phone numbers and hugs.

Today, as I chatted on the phone with my Daddy I watched the boys engage with a mother at the park, talking intently, pausing all their leaping to chat and then Truth Bumps sprung up over my body as I saw Nathaniel begin pushing her little girl on the swing, he from behind and her Mama from the front, while Liam danced and talked.
Hanging up from my call I walked over, and she gushed about how lovely our boys are.
“They’re so well spoken and polite. They came right over and shook my hand, looked me right in the eye and introduced themselves. I’m a pediatrician and I meet a lot of children. They are truly wonderful.”

Of course my heart soared for them, as it is not about me really. But I did have to add what I had noticed…

That she saw them … she spoke to them and I could feel even from a distance that she cared about what they had to say.

This makes all the difference to children, to us all.

As adults we have this unwritten rule, that to engage directly with a person is polite. We know it, whether all of us use this knowledge is quite another thing. But this etiquette is not always understood or expressed from adults to children, as though somehow the silly logic of days passed, ‘to be see and not heard’ has any merit in this day and age’.

My children, as is true I believe with all children (heck it’s true of all adults as well) are as attentive and as brilliant as we believe and encourage them to be and, when they feel a genuine connection and value with those around them, their true spirits will blossom and be revealed right before your very eyes.
And conversely, when children or we adults, feel negated, ignored we shrivel and often negate and ignore right back.

We all, at any point in time, are on the brink of revelation and are called to recognize how our actions and intentions can elevate the planet for more, more compassion, more kindness, more joy and change the world.

Here’s your Mission We (should you choose to accept it) for this week.

Own Your Heroic Job to …

☆ SEE everyone around you. Particularly the children who cross your path.

☆ Acknowledge with kindness and grace, and direct communication, each one of these souls.

☆ Beyond their physical form Recognize their Radiance from within, even if you have to look hard, especially when that person seems to have lost the ability to recognize it for themselves.

☆ Know that you are working to shift the planet for a greater sense of connectedness and community … which ultimately heals and uplifts the whole lot of us.

When we become the hero, in simple and profound ways, for another, we cannot help but inspire the hero within them to long to soar.

In honor of the Cape and the one inside it (that’s You, fellow Xtraordinary Game-Changer),


About jennifermaki

Jennifer Maki is Writer, Seeker, Speaker, Pilgrim, Ingenuity Junkie, Mentor and Motivator for wildly free ones, poised influential Type A to Type C ones, innately wise wee-ones, and all the cape-donning wannabes in between. She has a background in Communications, Marketing, Inner Leadership Development and Team Dynamics for more than 15 years, spanning the British West Indies, Europe, US and Canada. "From corporate, and agency, to non-profit, I've been amazed to have had opportunity to build powerful campaigns for rockin' the socks off ideas via creative flair, practical planning and old-fashioned roll-yer-sleeves-up perseverance with teams and inventors brilliant beyond compare. But what really fuels me? My life-long study of the tenacity and depth of the human spirit; people put to the real tests who come out swinging and inspiring despite the odds; the ordinary heroes who reveal the potential for extraordinary within us all." The Result: Writings, workshops, coaching, retreats, community-building events and keynotes, delivered through her biz and passion, Project YES! Life, designed to empower people, companies and communities to question, listen, think and deliver their YES! "But most amazingly, I get to be a mom and a LifeSchooling one at that. And my two brilliant boys and I are thrilled to have recently launched our vision and movement to ignite and fuel heroism in the world via The Phone Booth Project. Check us out and gain your rightful place within the League of Xtraordinary Game-Changers at www.jennifermaki.com."
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