It’s been a few days since I’ve posted anything. This last week has been a difficult one for various reasons and I really thought it would be a long time before I was up to writing again, but I have found solace in this blog over the last several months and I need that now.
Life changes. It ebbs and flows, it twists and turns, it knocks you on your feet and it pulls you back up again. I’ve learned that life rarely stays the same for very long. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a reality.
You can’t stand on solid ground for very long and not expect the earth underneath you to shift at some point. If you’re lucky enough the ground you’ve been standing on is pretty rigid and stable so the movement is fairly gentle and it’s easy to maintain your balance. Sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s more like quicksand. My ground has been quicksand for a long time now. Quicksand often times appears to be very solid – until there’s a sudden change in pressure exerted on it. That’s when it becomes liquefied. So yeah…quicksand is a great analogy for my life these last months.
But the neat thing about quicksand is that it won’t kill you. You won’t drown in it. You can escape it. You just need to wiggle and move your legs around. This movement draws water out from the quicksand and allows the water to seep in between your legs and the quicksand, giving you a small area to maneuver yourself in. Slowly push your body into the new area of water just formed and continue the wiggling so that you continue to form more areas of water to move your body into. Each time you move, move yourself in the direction of the solid ground nearby. Now this is a very long and slow process. It’s difficult and takes focus, but eventually you make your way onto the coveted solid ground.
I absolutely LOVE MY ANALOGY!!!!! It’s hope filled and comforting. We all have times in our lives when we are standing in quicksand. Every single one of us. The key is to not panic and sink in further. When we come out onto that solid ground we are stronger for the fight. We have our battle scars and they are the most beautiful gifts that we have to share with others. Don’t lose your vulnerability. Don’t be afraid to wear it on your sleeve along with your heart. It actually is the very quality that invites others in to you. It’s a badge of love.
“The only thing I know is this: I am full of wounds and still standing on my feet”
Nikos Kazantzakis – Greek philosopher
I think I will be a philosopher when I grow up 🙂
Ciao Amici!!! MWAH!!!!