Things I Know

Sleeping BeautyI know we have an infinite well of compassion, empathy and love at our disposal. We are bottomless, we are never tapped out. Not ever in our lifetimes do we run out of ‘good’.

We might retreat.

We might close the spigot.

The truth is though, we remain full up no matter how much we give. Truth be told, I suspect the more we give the more we have within us to give.

I know we learn throughout our lives. We learn every single day and through every relationship. Sometimes we learn how to become better people, other times we learn to love in better ways. Sometimes we learn our capacity for love, other times we learn our capacity for pain.

With experience we change, our world view changes. Who we are changes as our understanding of self and our place within the world grows. As we learn we find our footing, we determine where we are comfortable, what makes us tick, what makes us sing, what makes us dance. We emerge as our true selves, like butterflies from our chrysalises.

I know we all have the innate ability to forgive, ourselves and others. Not the forgiveness many of us are taught in our churches, but something much deeper and more intimate. As children we are quick to let go of hurt, fast to return to those we love. It is only as adults we hang on to our anger, plot revenge or simply wrap ourselves in painful reminders building shields to protect ourselves in the future.

We forget, anger and hate are active emotions requiring our participation. Forgiveness does not mean you give someone, not even yourself, a free pass. It does not mean you have said to anyone they are free to do harm again. Forgiveness doesn’t come easily to most of us, it is a hard fought battle of letting go. Sometimes, even as we forgive we also must say ‘no more’. There are times when we must see our only choice is letting go, lovingly and with great compassion, simply letting go.

I know each of us is unique and wonderfully made. We are, each of us, flawed and perfect at once. We are forged within the furnace of our family and later by the fires of society; whether tragic or magnificent, usually both, we are formed. As we walk through our lives both alone and with others we are formed into something distinctive and entirely individual.

So many of us these days try to fit in, try to hide our light in anonymity primarily because there is a certain safety in numbers and shades of beige and gray. We fall into the common thought that ‘fitting in’ will gain us acceptance, get us further in life or even provide us a more comfortable living. Maybe this is all true, perhaps if we work hard to strip ourselves of what makes us distinctively us we will have an easier time in the world, but then we will also have to wake every single day and force our spirit into boxes of conformity that may not fit as well as we like, that may squeeze every bit of life from us and leave us gasping for breath.

I know we are meant to dance in the rain with abandon and joy.

I know we are designed for pleasure and it is not a thing to be ashamed of or to shame others out of.

I know we are infused with the spirit compassion and forgiveness.

I know we are intended to give and receive love without stinting or judgement.

I know the world has corrupted our vision of ourselves as human and humane, who we are and what we should be. We have too often substituted joy for shame, compassion for weakness and love for sex in our pursuit of anything to fill a hole in our spirit and our heart. Far too many of us look toward others to define a reality that isn’t our own and then we judge ourselves as failures for not living up to impossible standards.

All of these things I know in my heart. As I continue to work through what I need, how to free myself and where to go from here, all these things I know.

14-April-2016

14-April-2016

Comments

  1. ***We are, each of us, flawed and perfect at once***

    I love “What you know.” xxxxxxxxxx

  2. All good things to remember 🙂

  3. Such a positive post, Val. Somehow this phase kept running through my mind as I read it, “this one thing I know.” Good to read positive thoughts from you and that you KNOW!

    • Oh, that I am currently running through a bout of stress induced depression doesn’t change what I know deep in my spirit and soul. I am trying hard to remind myself, it is forever and this isn’t all there is, it will pass.

      Depression is hard. But what is real, reminding ourselves of it and holding it closer that is what is necessary.

  4. Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  5. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all find our way back to what we do know? What you and I know? Hopefully some day soon some more of us will.

    • I don’t think all the things we know are this good. But inherently, these things I know about all of us, they really are true. The rest? It covers us up over time.

  6. Beautiful!! Glad to see you here … ❤

  7. Lovely, Valentine. If only we could all actively engage in these things we know, this world would be a better place.

    • I think it might be Carrie. I think though, we have to first sit down and truly say, ‘this I know’; not just at a personal level but about our fellow human-being.

  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    .. “the world has corrupted our vision of ourselves as human and humane, who we are and what we should be.” …. I know that we need to continue our work and our mission: be the best “accomplished” human being!!

  9. Love this. I agree that so many of us share that “safety in numbers” mentality. It’s tough to stand out from the crowd and march to the beat of your own drummer. I admire those who can figure out how to do without alienating themselves.

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