Thursday, 14 July 2011
How to Fall
The first thing that strikes me is the fact that the three people falling from the Tower are doing so very differently. One woman clings to the Tower crenellations, trying to stave off the inevitable. She holds to the structure, even now that it is fragmented and collapsing. It feels like the top of the Tower will come crashing down on her.
The next person down is tumbling head first, and looks to be headed for the rocks. Trying to be logical when everything your logic is based on crumbles may not be the most helpful approach, then.
Another person allows their body to curve and flow with the fall, caught by the water below and lifted by a wave. Will the water throw them onto the rocks, or draw them out into the deeps? It feels like this is the safest option so far. Nevertheless, allowing emotion to catch us and take us where it will, we surely end up somewhere different to where we started. We may drown in emotion, or be dashed on the rocks, or we may we find our way to shore again. Emotion may protect us, or it may not.
On the other side of the Tower, a dog runs away from the burning, crashing, lightning-struck building. Following our most primitive instincts, allowing ourselves to start from a place of complete un-knowing, may be the best option of all. If we give up the entire structure we had created and allow ourselves to go back to basics, we will not be crushed nor pulled down, nor drowned. This isn't easy, though. It reminds me of the saying, "Let go and let God". We have to surrender ourselves to a primal knowing, which we can't understand, and without emotion tossing us here and there. Yeah, good luck with that!
I am grateful for the many options and possibilities offered by life, even if sometimes it doesn't feel like choice has much to do with it.