Fragility
the quality of
being
… broken or damaged
… delicate or vulnerable
… wounded or weak
is experienced every day
in some way
by some one.

No matter how it is experienced
physically or emotionally or spiritually
fragility intrudes
upon
life
nature
the economy
relationships
the environment
the political world

We want to live in a world
healthy and durable and strong.
Not fragile.
We want to perceive ourselves
and be perceived as
healthy and durable and strong.
Not fragile.

But
life can be
life is
fragile.

Changes in weather can cause
flights to be cancelled
breathing to be compromised
homes to be damaged
people to be injured or killed.
Fragility.

People don’t listen.
Feelings are hurt.
Misunderstandings happen.
Relationships end.
Fragility.

Illness – accidents – violence – happen.
The body succumbs.
Death results.
Fragility.

The voice of reason
is silenced by greed, ambition, egotism
Democracy begins to fade.
Fragility.

Fragility can be also be a metaphor
resilience
possibility
hope
strength.

Grief may cause our heart to break – fragility.

But the toughest of our muscles
the heart, pumps blood through the body
day in, day out
every moment and every day of life.
Hearts are strong and resilient.
We are too.

Eggshells are easily broken – fragility.
But put a raw egg in its shell in the palm of a hand
and squeeze.
It cannot be broken.
Eggshells are strong under compression.
We are too.

Butterflies are delicate – fragility.
But meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz believed that
the minor perturbation of the flapping of a distant butterfly’s wings
could influence a hurricane, weeks later.
Butterflies can have a powerful effect.
We can too.

One day, this oh-so-delicate-and-fragile
golden-I-don’t-know-what-it-is
appeared while I was weeding the veggie beds
and then quickly blew away.
Fragility.
It left an impact on my soul.
We can leave an impact on the soul of another.

We may not feel strong.
We may not be powerful.
We may see ourselves
… others may see us
broken or damaged
delicate or vulnerable
wounded or weak.
Fragile.

But there is more to us.
There is more to us than
our fragility.
Far more.

Text and Photo © june maffin  www.soulistry.com    www.soulistry.com/blog

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