Photo by Priscilla Du Preez
The Lioness walks slowly toward the hill. Shoulders moving with the shifting weight of her body, she climbs, looking left and right, ready for that which may spring at her. There are few who follow, some would rather spend time stripping others of their confidence to climb. She leaves them, and moves forward.
After years of attack, this female remains. She protects those who trust her, those who may not have the strength to fend for themselves. She takes the hard hits so others do not have to, many are not even aware of what she is doing.
While she rolls ’round and ’round with those who would tear at the world, others are able to slip by the dark forms who would sap them of their goodness, their light.
She’s been here before. She’s had many such experiences. After all this time she thought it might have changed, but it hadn’t. Even though she is tempted to give in to this poison, to attack, or quit, she knows she cannot. So she musters her inner fortitude and she continues.
She digs deep within her heart and she seeks kindness for those who do not express it. She hopes their journey is not too painful, that they survive what is coming for them with only minor wounds. She turns from them all as they wallow in their self proclaimed glory. She remains silent, knowing they haven’t capacity to understand what they do not know.
There are some though who do understand, who see her battle scars and know they can trust her as they move forward. They know she has put her self in position of receiving harm, they have seen her fight through, and survive, they know she gives everything she has inside to protect what she cherishes.
Caring for others is the best we can offer. Life is a gift to be shared. Time is valuable, and while some waste it on being cruel, others work to counteract it. Stepping on the backs of those who may be perceived as ‘less than’ does not now, nor will it ever, make a hijacker more important. The sensation of the illusion will fade, and reality packs a punch like nothing else in this world. If understanding is desired, give it. If care is needed, give it. If self confidence is needed, block those who would strip it. Do not ever play into the hands that would steal your inner fire.
Tempting as it is to get involved in a back and forth of things, don’t. And if you do, recognize it as soon as you can, notice how it is sucking the positive from you … do not allow it. Contributing to that mess is a violation against self and encourages the behavior to continue.
No one deserves your energies more than you. Utilize your inner resilience to unwind any negative thing anyone has ever told you about yourself, they do not deserve this hold on you. Leave them behind, in your dust, and Climb. That. Mountain.