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?