If you don’t know who Lauchpad McQuack is, let me introduce him to you. There was a cartoon in the late 80’s called DuckTales.
Launchpad was a pilot who had an uncanny ability to crash land. He “never met a plane [he] couldn’t crash.”
Another think about Launchpad was his pretty sweet outfit he wore in almost every episode he was in. A bomber jacket, a scarf, and some goggles. He rocked that outfit perfectly like only someone named Launchpad could!
There is some interesting thoughts about this character I have been flying around with.
Use them! Even if you crash every time! Launchpad was a gifted plane flier. Perhaps not lander, but flier. He didn’t shy away from his gift of flying a plane because he crash landed. He got Uncle Scrooge McDuck out of a few tough situations with his flying gifts.
Launchpad even introduced himself as the guy who had “never met a plane [he] couldn’t crash.” He lived in his weakness. He didn’t hide from it. He brought it to the top of his resume. You know why?
He knew he could fly!
Can you fly? I can’t. But there are other gifts that I have that come with weaknesses. I believe that if we work from the space of our gifts, while acknowledging our weaknesses, we are able to live a Life that is fuller. We tend to connect with folks that cover our weaknesses. As we cover each other weaknesses, we, as a whole, make a lot of good happen in this world!
What are you wearing?
I know. That can be a creepy question. Especially when you don’t know who is calling…
However, take that question from the perspective of Launchpad. He was wearing goggles. A bomber jacket. A scarf.
He was prepared for the extremes his gifts brought his way. Goggles blocked his eyes from distractions or precipitation from his flights. His scarf kept him warm while he was in the skies. His bomber jacket protected him from the elements as well.
He had clothing that allowed him to function while he was using his gifts. These clothes didn’t get in the way of being real outside of functioning either. They were always available, but not restricting.
So, figuratively, what are you wearing? Is it protecting you from EVERYTHING? Or is it protecting you from the elements that distract and invade your space when you function? Or do your clothes make others walk the other way when you enter their space? Or are you wearing someone else’s clothes? Or none at all?
The big thing that I connected with when I watched Duck Tales in the 80’s was this guy. Launchpad. He did crazy stuff. Was inadvertently helpful for the Duck Tales group through flying around and crash landing places.
His name wasn’t…
I’m not sure he would have been as impactful if his name was Landingstrip.
Launchpad was his identity.
And he rocked out his identity to the best of his ability.
What’s your name? It may have something to do with your identity that was given to you prior to anyone knowing. It may have been given to you because of a relative or an idea your parents had. Perhaps it was given to you from another Source.
You have the opportunity to discover your name. Perhaps all you need to do is listen. Perhaps your given name is from a realm where you have an identity that is waiting to be displayed.
I’m stoked about those moments. When we discover our true Identity.
I truly hope and pray you hear your Identity.
May your Identity be a Launchpad for an expression you have never been able to conjure up on your own. May you live from that Source and display something Other.