We contain within us a duality that is not evidently apparent. We are both very fragile and also very strong.
At times, only the fragility is apparent and at other times the strength is overwhelming. Where do we stand with both?
A good friend of mine was leaving a shopping mall heading for her car when suddenly she was hit by a vehicle. A very young woman of only eighteen was late for her work at the mall and hit her in her hurry to get to work on time.
My friend had to be taken to the hospital and checked and she ended up with broken ribs and a broken ankle. She could not go to her work and she was home-bound and full of pain and frustration. She felt very vulnerable and fragile. Yet her spirits kicked in making her inner strength emerge. She was capable of healing her wounds that were a lot more than the obvious physical damage.
She is not alone. The earth is loaded with great examples of human beings that were hurt in their fragility but found the strength and inner power to transcend their situation and go on.
I am now being surrounded with many friends who are experiencing a very hard time. Some have cancer, disease of some sort and some have sprained ankles, some are sick spending time in a hospital. Lots of pain. I witness all of that and know that only their inner power carries them beyond the body ailments. I do feel sad when my thought goes to them and it happens often. I feel inside me the moments of immense fragility and realize that being in a body makes us destroyable or at least susceptible to all kind of disease and accidents. The nature of being humans. Our mind and emotions can also trigger a full moment of fragility and utter vulnerability. This happens more often than we want to remember.
At the same time our spirit can carry us to great height over the disease, over the discomfort or over the strain in our minds. We do have a brain that can think or be redirected and a great ability to transcend what our body experiences. I know having been very ill myself.
So our days are dictated by our feelings. They oscillate between either the pole of strength or our pole of mere fragility. States that can emerge at times or can stand apart while we stand in the middle. We are beings of fragile strength and get to deploy both emotions at all times.
Copyright 2013 Micheline Brierre