In Lak’ech or Random Thoughts on the Day

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. ~ John Lennon

What is it to be a woman? The soft curve of tender lips pressed to the fragrant cheek of a child; the hard bend of iron will that rises up to defend her in the absence of Father. I cannot change the core of what I am to suit another, though behaviors and perspectives remain open to modification as my capacity for understanding and tolerance of human foibles increases.

I do not possess a mean or harmful intention that lingers beyond an initial distaste for ignorance. Still, I’ve not lived nearly sixty years on this rolling, wild planet to deny what experience has conveyed. I’ve not been cowed and belittled; threatened and dismissed only to seethe and suffer in silence. Like Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, my voice rises like bubbles percolating to the surface where we all must live our lives. No Ursula has the power to permanently take it from us, though sometimes it seems like it requires everything we’ve got to hold onto it; to birth it into being.

There is so very much to say, share and experience. So many words to arrange, songs to sing when no one else is listening – tunes and lyrics that cycle endlessly through the head, numerous as tiny fish pivoting in unison, forming clouds under the surface of the ocean. It is in these depths that I feel most at home, for I am no surface skimmer. Days of dumbing down to please others are decades behind me, never to return.

I want my experience to mean something to others. I want theirs to be honest and to mean something, in return. I want my beautiful offspring to know a full and rich life, a better future. Perhaps this is what all parents desire, insofar as they recognize the true nature of their intent. My own intentions rise like sap from my roots, from my soul: I want women to discover the quiet power of their gender. I want peace and harmony among men. And most of all, perhaps, I wish for understanding of differences, cultures, perspectives, backgrounds. Diversity lends sparkle to the mundane, although it seems to elicit fear from those who might benefit from it the most.

What would happen if we could break down the walls of fear that separate us?

In Lak’ech: I am another yourself.

Blessings on the day.

6 comments on “In Lak’ech or Random Thoughts on the Day”

  1. wow.. strong piece and that tree image.. awesome.. c

  2. Bela, beautiful and meaningful. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    • Ronnie, you are welcome! Thanks so much as always for weighing in. Now to get reading! I’m on a month’s vacation, and running to catch up with loved ones while snatching moments of time in which to jot down thoughts. Hope you’re enjoying the last bits of your summer there on the east coast!

  3. Lovely.

    I’ve often wondered, reading your posts – are these you or are they more creative writing?

    • Stephanie, thanks for your thoughts and compliment. Most of my posts are 100% me, whether written off the cuff like this one, or veiled as somewhat fictional stories about others. They’re all my perspectives/takes on human beings and/or reflections gleaned from life experience.

      And now you have outed me, so to speak 😉


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