joining here on Fridays.
one word. five minutes. unedited writing. share.
i work with the under 5 group
and our days are filled with
"stay with the group." "keep together"
"don't wander off alone"
"work together please"
and of course all of those are important and good phrases.
children are safe. adults are safe. everyone is safe.
there is often one, or two that just don't want to
"stay together" or "work together"
they beat to their own rhythm
and hear the whispers that we,
the together with other people most all the time,
often don't hear.
i gravitate to those little ones.
i celebrate and honour and make space for their
or perhaps we could rephrase it and call it
with themselves. with the earth. with their art. with their storybooks.
with their emotions and thoughts and ways of seeing their world.
i try to imagine what it must be like
to want to be alone, yet always having to be together.
our systems are set up for connection, for togetherness, for mutual support and
this is not a mistake.
we are created for relationship
but oh how i wish we could honour our relationship with ourself first.
to be comfortable with our personal togetherness
to detach enough from others to meet ourselves.
this inner togetherness could lead to our community togetherness
being stronger, more authentic,