Illusion vs. Reality: Do we seek relationship?



Two swans are poised, dignified, settled and peaceful in their connection and their environment. Shielded by tall grass and serene waters, they share a place of serenity. Coupled, they display a togetherness that provides repose, an opportunity for soothing, nurturing and rest. The relationship is tender, touching and vulnerable, and from that we sense a strength in gentleness.

Deep inside, we resonate with relationships that are gentle and nurturing because they were intended to be. We are awed by an inner strength that can come from vulnerability when we can admit a common weakness. Dignity resounds when we come side by side, and in humility with bowed heads, relationships can grow when we learn to share.

A swan couple inherently and comfortably share their concentric circles of ripples. But what has come of the concentric circles of relationship and sharing in the innate nature of  ‘family’? Isn’t that a question worth ‘pond’-ering!

“Outwitted” by Edwin Markham

He drew a circle that shut me out –

Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had the wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in!

We each and all experience brokenness and shame in family. The power of shame causes us to hide in contempt, but the difference between hiding and sharing is love. Love casts out all fear.  The swan doesn’t fear that the only way to stay above water is for the other swan to float in a different pond, or fear that there’s not enough air to breathe and share at the same time? By nature, we love because we were first loved. Love is a gift, and like the air we breathe, love is abundant and to be shared in order to experience abundant living (referencing 1 John 4:7-21).

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