Saturday, December 09, 2006

Just Over There

Sitting on this side of the water, everything can seem dark and just out of reach. That boat right there can seem too hard to row. Those trees can seem scary and threatening. Time to figure out what to do can seem like it has all run into the river before me.

That’s the moment, when I need to breathe. Nothing is that important. Absolutely nothing is that important.

I seem to think that other people know more than I do. I seem to think that they have more wisdom and more ability. I endow them with so much power to decide who I am, to pick my faults and myabilities. Who put everyone else in charge of which doors get opened and which rivers get crossed?

Just over there on the other side is a new way of looking at things. All I have to do is get in this boat, take a short ride, and I’ll be looking back on where I was. How much trouble is that, how much worry? I can actually see where I’m going. I can do that. I can do that. I know it.

Who convinced everyone that this is the only place to be? I’ve decided that I need a change of scenery.

I’m headed just over there. I’ll be where I can find the person I know I’ve always been wanting to be. The lights already shining for me there.
−me strauss Letting me be


Dawn said...

I'm hearing Peter Gabriel sing Across the River.

It's funny how we endow other people with so much knowledge and sell our own selves short. Doesn't make an ounce of sense when I really think about it. But when I'm in that space you describe, I am not thinking clearly.

I wish you a good trip. I'll be there to help you drag the boat up on the beach.

Hey, hey!

ME Strauss said...

Oh What a wonderful song connection. I'm going to have to put that one on right now!

We do sell ourselves short to other people's opinion, don't we. We listen to them and not the truth that we know about ourselves.

Thanks for being there to help pull my boat up. I'll do the same for you. ;)

shirley buxotn said...

Beautiful picture. Beautiful writing.


shirley Buxton

ME Strauss said...

Hi Shirley!
Thank you for this!

Tell No One said...

Takes me awhile to put both feet in the boat. I play around with one foot in and one out. I don't get very far like that.

And a little more courage you bestow upon your world..and other's, I'll watch you sail until your out of sight.


ME Strauss said...

Hey tell no one,
No worries, I'll wait for you. We have time -- lots of it.