I’ve always loved that phrase. I think because it’s not just a kick in the rear, it’s a swift one. It comes fast. I’m assuming with some ‘oomf’ and it gets your attention. Maybe there is pain involved but that’s not specified. What is very clear in the phrase is that the kick is swift.
Swift doesn’t always hurt but it always comes in hot.
I got a few of those this week. Not one. Nope! A few. As in, plural. Multiple kicks. I got a swift kick in the rear at work. I got one at home. I got one from the scale. And I got one from a friend.
So what do these swift kicks do? They get us to wake up and snap out of it. They get us to pay attention, to be present. They get us to say, “Hey! What was that for?” And they never, ever answer that question. It’s a call to action. A prompt for discovery. A nudge, a poke, maybe even a shove that needs immediate tending.
Swift kicks deserve swift responses.
More about that in a sec…
Today I was listening to my music on a flight and I hit some random button that brought up songs I haven’t heard in a long while. They’re not on my playlist and I had sort of forgotten about them. And instantly I got goosebumps! The first song was The Greatest Show! You must download this now.
Yes, lovey, that was swift kick in the rear from me to you. Play the song today. Google the lyrics to read while you listen. Then put the lyrics down and listen again while you sing along at the top of your lungs!
As loudly as you can bear it.
In your car, or your shower, or your prayer closet!
Blast that music and let your heart and soul hear it! This song is about you. You are it.
YOU are The Greatest Show.
What’s the thing that you need to do? Is there something you’ve swept under the rug?
Are there words that need to be said? Is there a dream within you that needs your immediate attention? Is there a relationship that is begging for an end?
You’ve got this! You can do this! You MUST move! Don’t crawl back under the covers and wait. Sing and sing and sing this to yourself until you feel it in your bones. Then respond swiftly to the swift kick you received this week.
You just got one from me. I know you got others, amiright? (Or maybe five like I did.)
It’s time to respond…
and you are totally equipped for this next moment.
Thanks for reading. If you can relate, please comment. Your voice is welcome here. Be a part of the conversation.
Holly is Regional Sales Director for a global pharmaceutical company and Founder of The aMasongrace Project, a suicide prevention organization. She is an advocate, speaker, and author. Her widely-read blog, “It’s Just Me”chronicled her journey of surviving suicide loss. Holly’s latest endeavor, “Totally Enough,” is focused on empowering women of all ages to recognize their unique value, to walk in abundance, and to rest in the knowledge that they are enough. As is.