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Topic: Like Living in a Goldfish Bowl (11/07/13)
By Debbie Rutter
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The identity of oneself can be lost within the whirlwind of life. We can structure our life into a vacuum of routine and the familiar, to the point where we become the center and parameter of life. This is far from the truth of what life is. Sadly the treadmill of daily living and closed minds limits ones extension beyond the pattern we set for ourselves.
Limitation by choice,
Closure from the open world wielding its invitational wand,
But, alas, I cannot go beyond the limits I have set.
I cannot venture beyond the boundaries I have adopted.
Just to see the sunlight flicker upon waters,
To be enticed by the shadows cast by the glinting sun,
I can pretend to taste fresh droplets of dew fall
And quench my thirst with cascading waters.
Here in my sanctuary I am safe.
Neither cold nor heat, brightness nor dark
Will vary my environment.
I am in control and choose to remain buffered to life.
Yet here in my cocoon, I hear no laughter.
My skin doesn't quiver at a gentle touch.
The scent of freshly moistened blossoms escapes my senses
And starlight against horizons go unseen.
Through choice, have I starved my life?
Have I avoided heartache, rendering me emotionally numb?
Have I become frozen in solitary absorption,
Preventing myself from becoming fully me?
I have become selfishly adhered to fear.
I have willingly removed myself from life’s kaleidoscope
And trampled opportunities of growth,
By waiting, and not participating.
My Lord, you came into this world to free me.
You came and called me to witness on your behalf.
You offered me the chance to be your hands and feet.
Help me, to release myself to you.
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