This month here is going to be a little family heavy. Fair warning. It’s a tough month for me but standing here on the other side…now…I’m strong enough to turn them all to positives. And we’ll take them as they come. Again.
It’s true that one battle may distract you from another. Sometimes it’s a burden additional to others, and sometimes it’s a great relief, and often helps further the process of alternate hardships. Either way, I’ve never been one to shield myself from thought, or feeling, or my downfall at times, expression. Call it what you will, I let it all hit me. Every time. I let it be me. It is me. And for however long I need to, I let it work it’s way through. I hold on to my questions, I hold on to every detail, and I hold on to hope.
When I was little, I learned how to play Risk with my uncle. The foundation for any strategy began with fortification…and this was the first time I’d really ever heard the word. Fortify. But the rule was simple. If the goal countries were connected, you could begin to fortify them with your troops. But, you weren’t allowed to move all of your men elsewhere completely. No territory could ever be left abandoned by you. At least one man had to stay behind…even if you were no longer an occupying force there. You had to keep moving in order to strengthen your forces elsewhere.
I thought about this today, as I see people’s New Year’s declarations taper off, and quiet down. That this is life. We move our energies where they are most needed. We do it in order to grow. Expand. To become a force of our own. In new ways. And to save and protect our men. And ourselves. When we are called on, and tested in every way imaginable, we don’t take flight…we spread out. We fortify.
In all new growth, new strengths and challenges to face, we head out to these new worlds and new land. But everything before remains a part. Always connected. Everything before showed you what you were made of. Showed you your wrongdoings, helped you remember what was absolutely so right. Taught you what you could withstand. Gave you courage to persevere through failure. And see the power of your own resilience. It all has a purpose in place. Nothing is ever forgotten. Though alliances may dissolve, borders may be left vulnerable, no territory is ever abandoned. It’s always occupied by someone forever.
That’s the Risk…and the very beauty.
Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered…