My friend, EOR at http://cruelvirgin.blogspot.com/ quoted Plato at another blog saying that each of us is broken and looking for our "other half".
I got an immediate visual image of my being a broken tube or bottle- with jagged edges- and searching for another broken something to complete me-
And then I began to think about my "other half".
As I considered my Marriage- my union with another flawed human- I saw all the ways that we have failed to connect. I have not fully completed him, nor has he fully completed me. Somewhere, back in dusty corners of my mind, did I really think we would, or could?
I think I've come to see that where a spouse or partner is lacking, that often our friends or family take up the slack. At least this has been true for me this year.
Most of us are broken people...and I know very few who aren't. The ones who aren't broken have found a way to keep everyone out- and they are lonely- and more flawed than those of us who have been shattered.
Enemy's comment brought about introspection and inspiration- The next image to come before me was of a Stained Glass window, and all the little bits of broken glass it takes to make one.
I thought about how I am only one color, and you are one color- and in order for our window, our lives, to be a masterpiece- I have to share my broken color with you, and you share your broken color with me.
I like this analogy- the idea that we are not completed by just one person; and the more I give of myself, the more room I make for others. Certainly there are people in our lives that contribute more than most- and that is only right and good...but I don't want to miss out on those who'd add a bit of Sharp Tangerine, Cloudy Pink, Breezy Yellow, or Earthy Brown.
It would be sweet, I think, at the end of my life- if given the chance to see my years as a Stained Glass window- that I'd have to look hard to figure out which color was mine.
I hope that I would have given so much of myself away, and taken in so many colors- that a picture of me is not what would be seen...
I hope I'd see a Kalidescopic window,
Completed by the lives that touched mine,
And lit up with LOVE~
Whether you are in the US, Canada, the UK, India, or on a gorgeous island in the South Pacific... I'm thankful for the ways your lives have touched me- I will celebrate this Thanksgiving Holiday with each of you in mind~
Happy Thanksgiving :)
I'll be around- and hope to catch up at all of your blogs over the next week :)