Fortifying Our Lives

We build our walls with heavy stones.

We hope to hold the storms at bay.

We protect ourselves with jetties, laying one stone at a time.

We pile indifference, anger, prejudice, resentment, and fear

until our harbor can’t be penetrated

Love and kindness can’t find their way to us…

and we blame others for our suffering.

When we don’t make an effort to reach out,

others may grow tired of trying to tear down our barricades.

We are much less fragile than we think.

We don’t realize enduring the storms make us stronger.

Often the very things we fear don’t pose a threat to us.

We must be careful when we hide behind the wall;

we might possibly drown in a storm of our own making.

We don’t need walls to fortify our lives.

If we move just one of those rocks,

we’ll make a space for life-sustaining changes.

When we remove fear, we will allow love to enter.

Always love leads the way…

Living in the Gap

January 31, 2012 – The Game

The starlings frenzied over the lawn, twittering and flitting about. A single blue jay swooped low clearing a path through the black pebbles of starlings only to scatter the robins from the nearby tree. He’d plunge toward the starlings and the red breasts of the robins would quickly flame the cedar again only to have him as quickly try to claim the tree as his. Finally the starlings and robins tired of the blue jay’s game and flew off. Alone, the entertainment was over, so the blue jay soared to catch up with them. How often in life do we want something merely because someone else has it? And then once we get it, do we really want it after all?

40 thoughts on “Fortifying Our Lives

  1. Looks exactly like Haulover Cut jetty which is one place were Biscayne Bay enters Atlantic ((north Miami Dade)and naturally reverse when high tide. Same jetty on other side. Cut about 150 feet wide with fairly violent current for such a small waterway. Have always wanted to take some stone chisels and leave some rough sculpture but never got around to it.

    • I believe this picture is from the west side of Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay; they’re losing seven to nine acres of land a year from erosion and land subsidence. The Army Corps of Engineers placed this armament stone in 1994 to save their runway.

      The island, like many rural areas of the banks of the Eastern Shore are losing their youth. With their loss, they’re also losing tradition; however, the community still thrives through tourism and the infamous soft shell crab.

  2. “We don’t need walls to fortify our lives.

    If we move just one of those rocks,

    we’ll make a space for life-sustaining changes.

    When we remove fear, we will allow love to enter.

    Always love leads the way…”

    LOVE that, Suzi!

    Awesome post, as usual!

    Thank you………X

    P.S. Perfect photo too!

  3. Dirt Man did a great job with this photo, and you did a great job with the post. How true, that we all build walls to protect ourselves, when it’s enduring trials that makes us stronger. Thanks for pointing that out!

  4. You always have beautiful picture, Suzi.. and thank you for your word
    “How often in life do we want something merely because someone else has it? And then once we get it, do we really want it after all?”
    It happens sometime on me… thank you for reminding

  5. Suzicate, that photo is wonderful! I wish I had read this before I met my girlfriend for lunch today and we both bought about $1000 worth of cosmetics. I think neither one of us wanted to pull out of it and show weakness. I also think I’m taking the stuff back. Guilt is not worth it. What was I thinking? Really!

  6. I am absolutely in LOVE with that photo. It should be on a wall. Beautiful!
    Love always leads the way…so true. Your bird observation is spot-on. Reminds me of the little girls at Christmas and all they “stuff” they wanted and don’t end up playing with.

  7. love the photo with the lines, “If we move just one of those rocks, we’ll make a space for life-sustaining changes. When we remove fear, we will allow love to enter.” i can just see the water flowing into the space created by moving the rock. cleansing, healing, renewing, refreshing, invigorating, calming.

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