I’ve been toying with what to write on my “official website” (sorry, that still sounds pretentious) concerning my bio page. The homepage is an “About” written in the third person (yes, that was very weird to write) but, I’ve decided to include a little something more “in her own words” – yes, in the first person.
Below is something that I came up with – and I really want to know what you think…
Life with a disability isn’t anyone’s ideal.
But, it’s life without love that’s a tragedy.
Because of my genetic disease (infantile spinal muscular atrophy) I have experience of particular suffering, often acute suffering, as I lack the gifts of physical health, strength, and abilities. Because of my amazing and self-giving parents, however – as well as my doting sister, close childhood friend, big extended family, brother-in-law, nephews, and even generous strangers – I have always known that I am a loved individual. Best of all, though I didn’t always know it, I have come to understand that I am eternally loved by my Creator, that I have been infinitely and intimately loved into being by God.
Yes, I am gorgeously rich in love.
And that’s the story of my life. For, this love has shaped me, saved me from error, and sent me on my path – on the good, true, and terribly beautiful path created just for me.
Not the bio that you were expecting, I’m sure. Most people, when writing about themselves, would probably list their accomplishments, in the form of college degrees, work experiences, spouse, homeownership, or children. I have none of these usual things. And, yet, I have listed what is most important in my life, I have listed the greatest blessings and experiences that I have been given, by declaring one accomplishment – which is not really an accomplishment at all, but, rather, an unmerited gift: I know that I am loved.
Dear reader, my prayer is that, no matter how worldly-great or worldly-small you may be, you will also receive the greatest and best that human life has to offer: the experienced knowledge of unconditional love, which is divine.
© 2018 Christina Chase
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
This is such a sweet bio, I like it very much. How has J.R.R. Tolkien impacted your life?
Thank you for reflecting with me! I checked out your blog – so I just have to smile in response to your question 😀 but, I’ll also add that the impact that J.R.R.’s words had upon the faith of C.S. had impact on my faith, too.
If C.S. Lewis had been Dan S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien would have never spoken to the man, because he (Tolkien) is a good person.
😀 Poor Dan…
I have no compassion for anyone named Dan
I wonder if you ever break out of character? 😀 On second thought,, forget I asked – why don’t you go eat some candy. 😀
Oh, goodness, you got me there. I love candy. Thank you for reminding me.
I wonder what more I would ask you about if this were an interview for radio or tv – I have a good face for radio… Perhaps when the book is done, dusted, stapled and covered, we might ask for a little unpacking of your story. But you’ve given us the essence.
Meanwhile, I trust the opus is growing.
I too would list parents, siblings, and would comment on how old friends, when they resurface, seem to continue the conversation and friendship as if they, or I, had only been away for a couple of days. Parallels with your ‘time off’ from God?
I just thanked a school friend who some years ago, not knowing that I would be writing this book, scanned some very useful documents onto the website of our school, which closed as we were leaving it in 1967. He came back into my life when he sent a message from Ireland, having found me on the web, then a few days later arrived at the Cathedral in Guildford for the ordination of another of us. And the conversation continues …
Thank you for these thoughts! I would enjoy reading your author’s bio… In good time? 🙂
Christina. Your bio page is so totally you. That message is based on my observations with your writing as well as the pleasure I’ve had to know you and your family personally. I wouldn’t change anything. Thank you for letting us into your family and world.
My family is far too good to keep to myself – as you know! Thank you, as always, for reflecting with me.