A Rock Feels No Pain

Thoughts for the day:

…having an open heart can feel kind of dangerous, unsettling. What to do? Instead of trying to scramble back into a more closed off situation, there are six actions that you could take instead. (Susan Piver)

I was thinking this morning on the way to work just how unsettling it is to open up and relate to someone else.  I thought of the analogy of ice/water/vapor and how much safer ice appears to be sometimes.  I think I can protect my heart that way, but of course sealing it away in a block of ice is a painful thing to do.  It’s only protective in the way that you’re hiding it from others, and even worse from yourself.  When I start to open up and let the heat begin to melt it, it no longer feels solid.  But of course solid is something that doesn’t really exist.  Becoming water means that you won’t have control over where you flow to.  Water will follow the natural path wherever it leads.  There’s no way to stop that.  I suppose the water could eventually pool somewhere in a lake or run to the ocean.  Then will come a time when the heat will turn you to vapor which eventually turns back to water and rains down again.

Makes me think of that old Simon and Garfunkel song lyric:

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I’ve built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

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