A poem: “Fire” ~ Judy Brown

I think navigating personal relationships is one of the great journey’s of our life.  Perhaps it is one of the reasons we are here.  How we relate to each other carries a lot of weight in how we relate to ourselves.  When we can offer something of value to someone else, we often feel that value within.  When we offer something of beauty, we feel beautiful.  When we offer something intelligent, or helpful, or life-changing well…you know….that’s often how we’ll feel about ourselves.

Relationships; all kinds, require a good deal of service.  Because, we all know by now that, when we are giving something to someone else, when we are being of service, we are literally feeding our own world with the goodness that we want to live in.

One of the hardest things to give to a relationship is space but it’s so important.  Light, air, breathing room – they are all needed to grow.  Of course, when you give space in a relationship – and I mean all the negative feelings that can come with them; attachment, greed, fear, the need to control – we often feel incredibly expansive ourselves.

And then the real skill is, when to make contact again – when to put on a log to get the fire roaring.

FIRE ~ Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.

So building fires
requires attention
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.

When we are able to build
open spaces
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible.

We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.

A fire
simply because the space is there,
with openings
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.

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