There’s this bridge in the middle of Rock Creek park, you’ve probably seen it before. It’s at a particularly sharp bend in the creek, where, because of the geology, there was little choice but to build a bridge
Boulder bridge is an apt name for it, as the bridge is built of massive boulders. It is a beautiful bridge, you’ll frequently find folks taking pictures in front of it, but it’s also strong and resilient. It can weather plenty of storms and stand in its strength and resilience. It holds strong in all sorts of weather and through the years...that bridge is going nowhere.
I was sitting on a rock jutting out of the side of the hill, looking at and thinking about that bridge the other day, I was thinking that while many times in life it is important to be soft, there are also many times in life where it’s really important to be strong and resilient, to be solid and steady, to stand firm.
Sometimes I think the work is figuring out when to stand strong and firm like that bridge, and when to soften. Other times I think the work is figuring out how to do both, how to live in the state of solid and soft simultaneously, how to hold both truths in our hands at the same time.
May we, this week, be strong when it’s important to be strong, may we give ourselves permission to soften when it’s time to soften, may we perhaps find a state where both might be true simultaneously.
Have an amazing day dear friends.