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AIR: Awareness, Intentionality and Risks

By Judy Herman | Submitted On January 03, 2015

There's something special about the sound of a newborn's first gasp of AIR. In contrast, there's something deeply agonizing over the last breath of the dying. Everything in between is our substance for life - AIR.

We can't live without this gaseous matter of oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements that makes up our world's cozy blanket.

To watch birds flying and squirrels leaping from tree to tree with such ease makes me appreciate the AIR they fly. I don't understand the physics of AIR travel, or the science of airwaves for telecommunications. I enjoy watching sailboats gliding across the water guided by skilled sailors and AIR current. I've experienced the peaceful breeze of AIR guiding our canoe down a calm river.

I enjoy the freshness of Spring when we open the windows of our home to AIR out the rooms. When people say they don't want to AIR their dirty laundry, we know what they mean. We also know if a person has an AIR of superiority or an AIR of confidence. Behind the scenes of TV or radio newsrooms, it might be said, "you're on the AIR."

AIR is one of the four basic elements of ancient philosophy.

I want to encourage you to remember AIR as necessary for your own substance for life - Awareness, Intentionality, and Risks. All of these points are necessary for growth just as the air we breathe is necessary for our functioning. Think of Awareness, Intentionality, and Risks as vital for travel through life just as birds and planes travel from one place to another. Think of AIR as necessary for dialogue just as land-lines, cell phones, radios and satellites are necessary for communication. Think of AIR as opening the windows of your soul to allow the fresh breeze of the Holy Spirit flow through your life.

Here are examples of what each of these letters might represent for you.

1. Awareness: Consider asking a family member or close friend to tell you what they can see in you, that you can't see in yourself. You may ask yourself, "What's it like for my loved one to be in relationship with me?"

2. Intentionality: Decide to do an act of kindness to someone you may characteristically ignore.

3. Risk: Follow through with the act of kindness you decided. It may be making a call to a friend or acquaintance and ask them out for a lunch date.

Take in a deep breath of fresh AIR, Awareness, Intentionality, and Risks. Be reminded of God's invitations and growth for you.

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