I cant get the words off my mind this week. If somebody else told me this Id be advising them to listen to the message their unconscious mind is telling them.
Somehow Im not getting it just yet.
Sure I have some thoughts, but not my aaah-ha! moment. Writing an article can be a good way to consolidate thoughts and also throw the idea out to an audience who, with outside wisdom and discernment, offer their own version of insight.
So what words are running through my mind?
You can find these souls of greatness
Where the walls are weak and low
Where the conflict is the greatest
And the tears most often flow.
There can certainly be occasions when the wall becomes low. This is symbolic of defenses being down and leaving an individual (or community) open to attack and harm.
We all live within a wall or personal space. It should be a healthy boundary that deflects negative energy and yet is welcoming to positive interactions from the outside world.
Walls need maintenance and sometimes repair. At times they are fragile and even being built when a person has been in an emotionally unprotected and weakened state.
Attacks we are probably all familiar with are related to disease and dis-ease. There are things that upset human balance and cause a part of our self to crumble under the pressure. Often it feels a time of being stuck with no options or just that life is a little out of our control.
Take this to a broader level and we have attacks on society as a whole that can damage the very integrity of what many of us believe to be acceptable social liberties. Parts of society weaken and the walls of what is right become lowered and even trampled upon.
I have been appreciating the souls of greatness in our midst. There are those who champion a cause bigger than any one of us individually or write about their desire to stand by a friend in need. Robert Ainslie expressed this best in his article about a friend with depression or his willingness to take on corporation wrongs.
We often hear of amazing stories of bravery and selfless sacrifice after which the person, who is hailed the hero, says they only did what any of us would have in that same desperate situation. Is this true? Is this the positive outcome of the active emotions of anger or fear that causes the fight or flight response in any one of us?
Taken down to a personal level are many of us worthy of the soul of greatness tag in our response to a friend in need. What about those situations that feel so beyond our ability to change or help with?
One thing that I have learnt is that even when the wall is weak and low, and beyond our personal ability to repair it, we can all choose our response to that situation. Perhaps I dont need to take on changing the world. I can be a lot more effective at working on changing myself, and my responses to others.
In this instance, perhaps more than other times, your feedback is appreciated.