Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A friend of mine recently told me that last week she was driving to work up the New York State Thruway and there was a ton of fog. There were times that she absolutely just could not see. She was moving slowing and carefully and the fog was in and out. There were times that the road appeared again, clear as day, and then the she'd drive into a patch of fog. It was only for a moment or so, even at its darkest. But those moments seemed so long, especially when she could not see the road. She said she began thinking about just pulling over to the side and waiting. But she also realized that although she could not see it at times, she knew the road was there. She knew the road well, and she knew she was headed in the right direction. She knew she would get there. Sometimes she had to slow way down. Sometimes she could travel a little faster, but she trusted that she was still on the road. She could feel it.
So (driving safety aside), I'm thinking we can use this. It's sort of like gravity, we don't question gravity. We just know that it operates all the time, at all times on earth, without exception, unless we create very special circumstances. We don't let go of our coffee mug in mid air, because we know instinctively that it will fall. My friend just trusted that the road was there.
It's the same way with our innate wellness and wisedom. Many people walk into my office and want to be fixed. They believe they are broken. They feel broken. Often they believe someone else broke them, or they were never well or wise to begin with. But just like the road, just like gravity, our wellness and our wisdom is there. Sometimes the fog rolls in. Sometimes our innocent human thinking and our emotions run through us and cloud our wisdom and our wellness and our vision. Sometimes we even want to believe we are broken. We want someone to fix us. We want to be rescued or saved or taken care of. We believe that if we have to do it ourselves, or take care of ourselves that means we are not valued or worthy or that we matter. We hook all of our self worth to how others treat us or take care of us. We need to feel broken in order to get fixed in order to believe that we matter.
Of course we need human care and love and nurture from others. We need to know we matter. And these things help us clear the fog. But really, the road is always there. There is always gravity. We are well and whole and wise and we can get glimpses of it, insights, relief, when we trust that we may be in a foggy patch, but that it will clear, and we will move through it. It will move through us, if we let it. Sometimes, we do have to wait it out, sometimes we keep moving, but the fog will lift. And the road is still there.
I'm not suggesting anyone drive unsafely, literally, in bad weather. But I think we can use the idea to help point us to how we can move forward with faith, even when we can't see so clearly at times, as long as we know we are generally on the right road.