Experience Life Unencumbered…
Indelibly imprinted on the human mind,
the ardent pursuit of protection and survival,
suspicion still the doubt of connection and trust,
needs to be proven for those with whom we seek friendship,
and although the danger of our forebears is lessened,
we find being open often a hesitancy of need.
Trust is a rare commodity in a narcissistic society,
one driven by commercialism and acquisition,
fears governing our actions
in defense of our own pursuit for gain;
all this a sad reflection of our direction as humanity,
our need for love stifled by the fear of loss.
The value of being open, empathetic and compassionate
is far greater than the fear of hurt,
when rejection or betrayal alarms us to withdraw,
yet what do we feel in withdrawal,
what do we lose in being closed:
virtually all our emotional and spiritual potential.
Life is filled with hurt, yet also with love and joy,
and surely the fear of one is not worth the loss of all else,
so in being human we can expect hurt, betrayal, rejection
and the fears that alert us to unwanted experience,
yet if we do not overcome fear and be open to life,
what potential we dismiss.
Pain is a life experience, as is joy,
and in hiding from it we limit life to unwanted scope,
and in being open we expose ourselves, yes,
but without experience we do not learn,
and fear is fear itself, just a decision to overcome,
not the death of us, the making of us on many levels.
Tony DeLorger © 2017